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Patent and Trademark Information for Your Business

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Trademarks

The first numbered patent was created in 1836. Since this time, businesses and manufacturers have begun trademarking products and services as a means of setting them apart in the marketplace. Companies can trademark logos to protect and distinguish them from other business symbols. An organization uses a business trademark as it builds a company image. Corporate symbols that are trademarked are protected from unauthorized use by other parties under trademark law. Filing for trademark protection involves submitting a trademark registration through the Patent and Trademark Office, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The process involves a business meeting the requirements for a trademark prior to protection. These requirements state that trademark use must be connected with commerce. In addition, a mark must be distinctive. It must specifically identify or distinguish goods as being connected with one company.

Copyright

Original works of authorship such as music, books, academic writing, and other intellectual projects fall under copyright protection. Copyright law covers original works that are either published or unpublished. Visual arts also fall under the parameters of copyright protection. Copyright basics state that any work that someone created after January 1, 1978, has automatic copyright protection from the moment the person created it. This protection lasts for the term of the creator's life plus 70 years after death. Anything created before 1978 also has federal copyright protection under the same intellectual property guidelines. Some copyright exceptions exist. Under the definition of copyright, these exceptions include any works that have not been written or recorded. Other exceptions include short phrases, slogans, titles, and lists of ingredients. Common property that cannot be traced to a specific origin or originator also escapes copyright law. Copyright violations are commonly known as piracy. Piracy issues are widespread thanks to the easy availability of intellectual property on the Internet. Copyright law also covers computer software, giving the copyright owner rights to reproduction, distribution, and display of the software.

Patents

When an inventor or researcher designs a new product or invention, a patent license can protect the property and the rights of the inventor. The Patent and Trademark Office grants patents for new and useful inventions that are determined to be "non-obvious." Patent law states that the patent period spans 20 years from the date an inventor files a patent application. The patent gives the inventor the exclusive rights to the invention, which prevents others from making or selling the item during the patent period. Patents granted by the United States are valid only in this country. Three types of patents include utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. After creating an invention, an inventor or researcher can begin the patenting process. This process involves determining whether the item is patentable. Specific patent rules are in place, establishing required criteria for a patent. After determining that a product is patentable, the next step involves conducting research of patents to see if someone else has already patented the item. Searching for patents can be a time-consuming process. Some people opt to hire a patent agent to assist with the process of finding patents. After concluding the research phase, the next step is filing for the patent with the Patent and Trademark Office.

Branding Your Business

Awareness about branding has grown in the business world in recent years. More companies are realizing that their brands are an important and valuable asset, and they are setting branding priorities to achieve goals. In the most basic terms, a brand represents a company to consumers. Consumers can see a brand and have an immediate idea about a company's reputation and the products or services provided. Brands also represent the marketing efforts of a company. A number of brand myths exist. Brands are not logos or identities in and of themselves. Instead, brands are the customers' ideas and feelings about products, services, and companies. As companies seek to define their corporate brands and to create brand identity, it's important to create a defined brand strategy to achieve these goals. Branding a business entails creating a company personality and defining company characteristics and values as a public entity. This process will likely involve branding new products as they are developed and released. Fusion branding is another relevant process, which involves moving forward after merging companies. Better branding doesn't just happen, but with helpful branding tips, business owners can create viable and reputable identities that resonate with consumers. A professional website with credit card processing available and an active blog are among things that are useful to have when branding a business.

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Hiring for Growing Businesses [Webinar]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

One of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner is who you hire to support your business’s growth. After all, the person you bring on as a server at your restaurant or as an office manager for your law firm can have a big impact on how your business runs.

Whether this is your first employee or your 30th, a lot needs to happen before you extend an offer to that perfect hire.

You need to consider the expected (what the role entails, what salary and benefits cost, etc.) and the unexpected (the time it takes to train and manage a new hire, the cost of new technology to support things like payroll, etc.)

To help you through that process, Square’s talent acquisition lead, Andrew Trout, teamed up with ZipRecruiter’s senior director of inside sales, Jason Blais, for a webinar about hiring. During the webinar they discuss:

  • How to know it’s the right time to hire
  • How to determine what a new employee actually costs
  • How to optimize your recruitment process to get the right candidates

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Get Covered for the Liability Shift—Instantly

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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As a business owner, you’ve probably been hearing some chatter about the liability shift. And that chatter has probably been picking up. That’s because the shift happens on October 1 — two weeks from now.

If you don’t have a handle on the liability shift and what it means for your business, it’s time to listen up. Come October 1, your business could be on the hook for fraudulent chip card transactions if you don’t process the payment using the EMV technology. Previously, the banks accepted this liability, but in fewer than 15 days, it could be passed on to you. Be ready because chip cards are quickly being rolled out to all U.S. consumers.

Accept Apple Pay and chip cards everywhere.

Order the Square contactless and chip reader.

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The liability shift is all in the name of reducing fraud, which is obviously a good thing. For both buyers and sellers, chip cards are a much more secure form of payment than magnetic-stripe cards. But understandably, big changes like this can be anxiety-provoking. Especially changes that involve the word “liability” as it relates to fraud.

But rest easy. It’s easy to get EMV-compliant with the Square contactless and chip reader. It retails for just $49 (other solutions can cost hundreds of dollars) and plugs right into the device you already have.

And here’s what else is cool: Not only does our new reader accept chip cards, it also accepts contactless payments like Apple Pay, which are just as secure, and a lot more convenient.

Aside from bringing you the latest and greatest in secure payment technologies, we’re also here to keep you knowledgeable. Just head to the New Payment Technologies section of this blog to get the lowdown on all things EMV and NFC (contactless payments), or sign up for our monthly newsletter, Town Square News. We want the switch to chip cards to be as painless as possible for businesses of all sizes, so you can get back to selling.

*Published on September 17, 2015

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How You Helped Us Build Square Capital

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Accepting credit cards is a crucial part of running a business—but it is only one part. Buying new equipment, expanding to a new space, and hiring more employees pose exciting and often expensive challenges. That’s why today we announced Square Capital, a program designed to make it quick and easy for independent businesses to get capital they need to grow.

In building the program, we spoke with hundreds of businesses about the challenges they’ve faced getting and investing new capital.

Here’s what we heard and how it helped us build the program we launched today:

You think in terms of dollars, not interest.

When it comes to getting capital, the important questions are: how much money will I get, how much will it actually cost, and will it help me grow? For example, Follicle Hair Salon is a popular salon in San Francisco who were looking for ways to help their business grow. They assessed their salon costs and used Square Capital to move into a larger space and add 12 new salon chairs. They knew the total amount of the offer and the exact cost upfront, and since that cost never changed, the math was easy. With each salon chair bringing in between $5,000 to $8,000 a month, the new cash flow ensured the advance quickly paid for itself.

You have big ideas—but need money to get started.

One of our first Square Capital businesses, art and clothing store Zero Friends, was rejected by a loan officer because the company “just puts monster art on t-shirts.” They knew there was demand for their product—they just needed the initial cash to get going. With Square Capital, Zero Friends was able to double the inventory they brought to a recent comic book convention, which let them double their sales. We believe in independent businesses like Zero Friends and their “monster art on t-shirts.”

Your Time = Money.

We heard it over and over: For growing businesses, every hour counts. Caroline Bell, owner of Cafe Grumpy in New York, said they spent more than six months applying for a loan. With Square Capital, there’s no application process and Cafe Grumpy got their money the next business day. They used the money to open a sixth cafe. (If you’re in Grand Central station, you should stop by!) Because payments are automatic, business owners like Caroline can spend time—and money—on more important things, like chatting with customers, training employees, and growing their business.

We’re extending new Square Capital offers every week to sellers already running their business with Square. The first step to becoming eligible for Square Capital is to download Square Point of Sale for either iOS or Android and start running your business with Square today.
We’re excited by the success of some of the earliest uses of Square Capital and can’t wait to see what the future holds as we expand the program.

Learn more about the program—including eligibility—in our Support Center.

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The History of the Trade and Barter System

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Items that are used as money often have little value in and of themselves. For example, the paper used to print money is not particularly valuable. Money has value because it is an exchange medium that people understand and accept as such. When everyone accepts that a bill or a coin has value, people can use it as a form of payment to purchase goods or services. Before money existed, people used other systems to perform exchanges. Bartering involves a direct trade for goods and services. Although some aspects of this transaction are similar to the exchange of money, bartering required time as people hammered out the terms of the deal. Utilizing money as the medium for trade simplified transactions significantly. Trade and barter were precursors to the monetary system used in today's society. Although trade and barter may seem almost archaic, they were the business solutions for people who lived before the convenience of credit card processing.

 

Bartering is the process of trading services or goods between two parties without using money in the transaction. When people barter, everyone benefits because they receive items or services they need or want. Bartering also has an advantage because even people without money can get something they need. Bartering might involve trading a service for an item. For example, you could agree to perform yard work for someone in exchange for a bushel of apples from a tree in their yard. When people choose to barter to meet a need, they can save their money for other needs.

 

  • Native American Trade Routes and the Barter EconomyThis lesson plan is great for teaching kids at the middle school level about both the history of Native American tribes and the nature of the barter system, blending concepts into one plan.

  • History of FinanceIn the early days of the American colonies, foreign banks controlled the currency, and bartering was commonplace.

  • American Indians of ND: BarteringPractice a game of bartering with your students, and you'll quickly see the difficulties in negotiation that can sometimes ensue.

  • Trading PostFor much younger students (in grade 4), this lesson plan combines show-and-tell with bartering.

  • What Is Money? – Young students (grades 3-5) will delve into what money is, why currency developed, and how bartering worked.

  • Bartering LessonTeachers can use this printable packet, which is full of useful terms and phrases.

  • Barter and MoneyThis plan is for much older students (grade 10), and delves more into the nuances of bartering and trade.

  • Barter RelationshipsCan you create an equation and mathematically validate a trade? This article delves into that question.

 

Mesopotamia tribes were likely the starting point of the bartering system back in 6000 BC. Phoenicians saw the process, and they adopted it in their society. These ancient people utilized the bartering system to get the food, weapons, and spices they needed. Because of salt's great value, Roman soldiers bartered their services for the empire in exchange for salt. In Colonial America, the colonists used bartering to get the goods and services they needed. Even after the invention of money, people continued to barter.

 

  • Bartering Through the SeasonsThis lesson plan for grades K-5 discusses specifically bartering fabrics and coats during winter seasons.

  • The History of MoneyMost of early monetary exchanges were still a part of bartering systems. Some of the most early accepted currencies were simply valued items: cowrie shells, gold nuggets, and fine metal pieces.

  • The Transition of Barter to Fiat MoneyThe vast transition from bartering goods that had value to exchanging papers backed by what the state or government said had value was a long and arduous one.

  • The Benefits of BarteringBartering still exists today. In the 1990s, it was happening in Russia.

  • The History of MoneyThe development of money is discussed in this lesson plan for grade 1.

  • How Bartering WorksThis source discusses the pros and cons of bartering, and how it still remains useful today.

 

The simplicity of bartering is one of the main advantages of this system. Issues with international trade, foreign exchange, and unbalanced economic power are virtually nonexistent with a bartering system. However, some disadvantages also exist. For a bartering transaction to occur, both parties' wants or needs must coincide to lead them to make a deal. Without a standard measure of value of goods and services, parties in the bartering transaction will need to spend time agreeing on the terms of the deal. It's common for both parties to place a higher value on their own goods or services and a lower value on the other party's items. Trust is also a component of bartering, because the representation of the goods or services offered must be accurate. If something is misrepresented in a transaction, the other party will have little recourse when a problem ensues. When bartering, people may need to store their accumulated possessions to preserve their purchasing power. Depending on the types of items, this might be difficult and inconvenient.

 

 

Because bartering does not involve the exchange of money for goods and services, it might seem like an ideal way to avoid paying taxes on transactions. However, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service informs taxpayers that the fair market value of goods or services received via bartering is considered taxable income. Parties who engage in bartering transactions must report this value as income on tax returns. The IRS requires reporting of bartering for the year it occurs. Failure to report bartering activity could lead to tax penalties.

 

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Thank You For Doing What You Do

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

To all the small-business owners out there: Square thanks you for taking the risk and answering the call to start your own business. We appreciate your desires, trials, and triumphs—everything you do to realize your dreams. You are the reason we go to work every day. This video is a tribute to all the passion, effort, and dedication you put into your craft.

Featured Square Merchants:

  • Beau Bien Fine Foods
  • Astor Row Café
  • Rancourt & Co.
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Scarlett Garnet Jewelry
  • SWAT Wildlife
  • Rustica Bakery
  • Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop
  • Krewe du Brew Coffee House
  • The Barber Sharp
  • Regla De Oro Gallery
  • Taceaux Loceaux
  • Sump Coffee
  • The Peacock Room
  • Butter Bakery Café
  • Cartel Coffee Lab
  • Hot Indian Foods
  • Just Baked
  • Salt & Cedar
  • Maysles Documentary Center
  • Arbor Care
  • Cherokee Street Bikes

Full Transcript:

“My expectation of my life was different than what it’s become, I was told, ‘You go to school, and you go to college for four years, you’ll get a job, and there’s always gonna be security. That has not proven to be true.’”

“I couldn’t find a job, and when all else fails, work for yourself. It’s my passion, and love. It’s a lot more liberating than anything else you can do.”

“I went into business after college, and started doing a couple little craft fairs, and then you realize I can maybe do this and support myself.”

“My wife and I said, ‘Well, let’s start a coffee shop.’ We dove in with both feet, and it’s history from there.”

“As entrepreneurs, we’re inherently risk-takers. It’s our job to be out there paving the way.”

“The most challenging part of being a small business owner is everything.”

“‘Can I do this on my own?’”

“With all of the reward that’s yours, all the responsibility is yours.”

“There’s nobody else to blame for your successes or failures and that’s a lot of pressure.”

“It can really get you down and it can be very, very hard at times.”

“So there’s lots of surprises, and lots of little pitfalls along the way:”
“finding your customers and marketing,”
“paperwork,”
“all of your bills,”
“the capital to grow,”
“the retail and distribution channels,”
“getting licenses and permits,”
“just having enough time.”

“But, it’s worth it. I love it. I love what I do every day and I feel really happy that this is what I get to spend my time doing.”

“That passion carries you through everything that’s hard.”

“That really is the entrepreneurial spirit is to be able to take a hit and get back up. And that people are willing to take a risk again, and again, and again.”

“Persistence, patience, and dedication would be what you need if you want to be successful as a small business. It’s just forcing yourself to get up and do it every day ’cause you’d rather do this than anything else.”

“It really means a lot to be able to work towards what you ultimately want in life. And it makes me feel really good about what I do.”

“We do one thing, and I think we do it well. And the best part is connecting with that passion every day.”

“It was a really fun journey, and it’s allowed us to grow a lot, and to grow a company that we believe is making an impact on its community.”

“I just really want people to be happy.”

“If you have an idea, you should do it. You should do it.”

“Stick with it. And never give up.”

“This is so the way to go.”

“And I think, anybody could start a business. Anybody could be successful.”

“I do sit down every now and then and watch. There’s a real sense of joy and pride in thinking, ‘I made this. I made this happen.’”

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The most comprehensive WordPress SEO guide for ranking higher using Yoast, speed optimization, Search Console and click-through rates (CTR).

On Friday, 09/15, from 11am-12pm, IS&T will be testing anti-virus enhancements for the Network File Storage (gpnas/ru-gpnas) service.

by jamoran @ TechWeb

On Friday, 09/15, from 11am-12pm, IS&T will be testing anti-virus enhancements for the Network File Storage (gpnas/ru-gpnas) service. Some clients may experience slow access to their departmental file shares. Please submit a ticket if you experience any issues accessing your shared/network files. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation....

The 4 elements every event landing page needs

by Amber Humphrey @ Vertical Response Blog

Preparing to host a big event? A landing page may be just what you need to spread the word to your customers. Follow these optimization tips to create a landing page that encourages visitors to take action

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5 Google Alerts Alternatives

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Google Alerts is an online tool that allows you to monitor your online presence and business reputation. Since its inception, however, Google has made several changes while […]

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4 ways you can improve your website conversion rate with SEO

4 ways you can improve your website conversion rate with SEO


Marketing Land

Are your SEO and conversion rate optimization efforts at odds with one another? Columnist Khalid Saleh says breaking down the wall between your SEO and CRO strategies will help you rank better in search and boost your conversions.

Education Blogs: How To Stand Out From The Crowd

by The BlogPress Team @ BlogPress

Did you know that almost 16 million of Americans participate in education and training programs? It means that if you decide to start an education blog, your audience will be huge.  Educational blogging is a good way to share your experience with people who need it and to become more popular in your industry. Moreover, there […]

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Education Blogs: How To Stand Out From The Crowd was first posted on March 23, 2017 at 10:51 am.

35 Inexpensive Ways to Promote Your Website

by Megan Hendrickson @ DreamHost.blog

  These days, anyone can build a stellar website. Fun fact: there are more than 1 billion websites around the world, with new ones created every second. Among all that internet noise, your website and ideas deserve to stand out. And that means you’ve got to advertise! Fight to get your name and your brand out there […]

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How to Distribute Leaflets Effectively

How to Distribute Leaflets Effectively

by @ How to of the Day

Leaflet distribution requires more effort than it seems. Appealing to receptive customers takes a lot of planning. Keep leaflets small and brief. Hand them out where the target audience can be found, taking pains to always be polite and professional. Find creative ways to distribute your leaflets, including mailing them to homes or displaying them in friendly businesses.

How to Improve Your Website's Google Ranking

How to Improve Your Website's Google Ranking


Lifewire

Google uses a variety of methods to determine which pages are displayed first. Their exact formula is a secret, but there are a few things you can do.

The History of American Entrepreneurship

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

The United States has entrepreneurialism deeply rooted in its history as the country was founded and settled by risk takers and innovators looking for new opportunity. Americans are raised learning about inventors such as Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin while entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie are also celebrated. In the late 1970s, the United States was the first country to embrace entrepreneurial endeavors while ditching managerial capitalism.

The start of American entrepreneurship dates back to settlers engaging in trade and barter with Native Americans which resulted in mutual benefit for both parties. Following the entrepreneurial endeavors of early settlers, entrepreneurship flourished in the period following the American Civil War. Rapid growth of the communication and transportation industries due to the expansion of mining and agriculture allowed entrepreneurs to easily find success.

By the later part of the 19th century, entrepreneurs were considered among the elite. Westerward expansion and the creation of the railroad led farmers to move west, prompted by governmental incentives and subsidies for industries such as railroad, banking, and land acquisition. This led to tremendous opportunities for profit, again allowing entrepreneurship to flourish. During the late 19th century, entrepreneurship can be underscored for creating capitalists, innovators, prospectors, financiers that could provide funding, and business men who were not only creating startups but expanding pre-existing businesses.

In more recent times, the industry probably most well known for creating successful entrepreneurs is the tech industry. Apple and Microsoft helped to lead the way for entrepreneurs in the tech industry. The late Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, as well as Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, embody the creative energy that is so important to entrepreneurship in the United States. Industry heavyweights such as Gates and Jobs represent the hard work and tenacity that often makes a successful entrepreneur.

Throughout the history of the United States, immigrants have also played a significant role in entrepreneurship. A high number of immigrants go on to start their own businesses upon settling in America. Some studies have even suggested that immigrants to the United States are more likely to become self-employed.

Entrepreneurs have always been and continue to be an integral part of the American economy. Entrepreneurs spur a large number of new jobs and according to research are less responsive to downturns in the economy.

Famous Entrepreneurs Throughout History
  • Thomas Alva Edison- Edison is considered by many to be the greatest inventor of all time. He is credited with more than one thousand U.S. Patents for various inventions including the phonograph and the lightbulb. Edison’s work on electricity also led to the world’s first power plant.
  • Henry Kaiser - Kaiser began his entrepreneurial career in 1914 with a pavement company. In the years following, he built a series of hugely successful companies in the steel, construction, ship building, car manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Kaiser is perhaps most well known for creating the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization.
  • Oprah Winfrey - Oprah Winfrey is widely known as a daytime talkshow host. She went on to parlay her fame into a global brand and has launched a television network, magazine, radio show, website, and has published multiple books. Winfrey has also taken an active role in a variety of theater and movie productions through her company, Harpo productions.
  • Benjamin Franklin - Franklin was one of the founding fathers as well as being one of the first entrepreneurs. He invented many products including the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, and the Franklin stove. Franklin is also credited with creating America’s first free library.
  • Henry Ford - Henry Ford is known for creating the first car, a Model T, that helped to drastically expand people’s range of movement. Ford is also credited with creating the first moving assembly line, which signaled the breakthrough of the Industrial Age in America.
  • Steve Jobs - The late Steve Jobs was one of the founders of Apple. He and partner Steve Wozniak created an operating system and went on to create multiple products including computers, cell phones, tablets, music players, and more. Apple continues to be an innovator in the tech field and consistently releases new products.
  • Andrew Carnegie - After Andrew Carnegie’s family business collapsed at the time of the Industrial Revolution, he began working as a railroad assistant and invested his money. He went on to create Carnegie Steel which grew into a huge company. Carnegie spent the later part of his life donating to various charitable causes.

Top 27 SEO Tools that are a Must-Use

by Michael Hakobjanyan @ AdFicient

Whether you are a marketing pro or an entrepreneur just starting to dig into the whole new world of digital marketing, SEO tools can offer you a wide range of options that will either make managing your marketing campaigns a piece of cake, or the distinction can be so confusing you will feel like a ...

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Email Marketing 101: A Cheat Sheet for Email Marketing That Works

by Karolina Jasvinaitė @ Oberlo

The key to any successful ecommerce business is a standout marketing strategy. Nowadays, there are so many different channels out there that it can be difficult to sift through which ones might be best suited for your shop. That’s why today, we are going to be covering email marketing in […]

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This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

Here’s how to tell if your website needs a revamp. Hint: You can’t read it on your phone.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know Apple’s unveiling a new iPhone next Tuesday. Gizmodo rounds up everything we think we know about the iPhone 6.

Americans spent $55.7 billion on pets last year. So maybe it’s not so surprising that there’s now a food truck for dog treats, complete with a canine selfie station. At least duck face isn’t possible.

Just like you should never ask someone if they’re pregnant, you should never assume somebody’s getting married. Words to the wise to Pinterest this week.

Soon, you’ll never get the question “paper or plastic?” again in California.

Here’s what it looks like when an entire small town is converted into a Bud Light beer ad (it’s not so cool).

Yelp dodged a bullet. (Its reputation is not so lucky).

Starbucks is getting fancy. They announced plans to open a new upscale location in Seattle, along with an express mini store in New York.

How to Start Your Business Legally Off on the Right Foot

by Paige Hulse @ Rising Tide

You originally picked up a calligraphy pen for a creative outlet and never put...

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Local Links And Local SEO – A Full Guide

by Raul Harman @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Today, a major internet marketing strategy cannot afford to neglect the local dimension. This essential level is not just a playground for pop-up shops to exploit, but a field of rich opportunities every business can snatch. Many entrepreneurs have realized this following the introduction of the Pigeon update in 2014, when reaching the top of ...

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Google SEO Tutorial for Beginners | How To SEO A Website Step By Step (2017)

Google SEO Tutorial for Beginners | How To SEO A Website Step By Step (2017)


Hobo

Updated: SEO for Beginners 2016. A guide to search engine optimisation for Google in the UK and aimed at beginners.

Exit Intent Overlays: What They Are & Why You Need One

by Christian Brink @ AddThis Academy

Learn how to reduce your bounce rate and increase website conversions with exit intent overlays.

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5 Ways to SEO Your Business Website | ThriveHive

5 Ways to SEO Your Business Website | ThriveHive


ThriveHive

SEO is a complex process, but here are 5 things you (yes you!) can do today to SEO your business website and show up on results pages.

Linkbuilding vs. Content Marketing

by Rank Executives @ Rank Executives

In the online marketing world, there are many different ways that you can attract the audience you need to grow your business. There are several schools of thought on how...

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How Push Notifications Can Increase User Engagement (With Examples)

by Sherice Jacob @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

It’s hard to imagine going anywhere without your mobile device these days. From kids tethered to their phones, to grandmas Facetiming with their grandkids, our smartphones have become as much a part of our lives as our opposing thumbs. But just how do companies get those opposing thumbs tapping when you’re not in store, checking […]

How to Use Storytelling to Connect with Travel Shoppers Emotionally

How to Use Storytelling to Connect with Travel Shoppers Emotionally

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

Storytelling creates an emotional connection with travel shoppers, which can help drive more business for your hotel. Get hotel marketing ideas to make your website content more memorable.

How Retarget Marketing Works

by Nick Jakubowski @ AdFicient

What is Retarget Marketing? Anyone who has browsed the web has been retargeted, you visit a website then later an ad for that website pops up elsewhere. For marketers retargeting, also known as remarketing, is an excellent way to entice users into returning to the site to move through the conversion...

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Creative Risk Taking in Your Business

by Morgan Anderson @ Rising Tide

Hey there, Tiders! I am so excited to be talking about September’s TuesdaysTogether topic,...

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What is SEO and how can it help my website's Google visibility?

What is SEO and how can it help my website's Google visibility?


the Guardian

Learning how to improve your site's SEO can significantly improve your business' prominence in online search results

4 SEO Tactics for RankBrain and Human Behavior Signals

by Ron Dod @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

In October of 2015, Google confirmed the use of RankBrain as a way to help process its search results. At the time, it was only used in about 15% of all searches. Today, it is one of the main factors that goes into Google’s search ranking algorithm (source). Therefore, it is very important that we ...

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Is Facebook the Next Google? Facebook’s Search Functionality Explained

Is Facebook the Next Google? Facebook’s Search Functionality Explained

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

Facebook is now the second largest advertising seller behind Google. But, according to Facebook’s CFO, David Ebersman, the amount of Facebook ads being shown to its users is reaching a saturation point. For the company to continue to grow, it needs to find new revenue streams. Surprisingly, where Facebook might see the most growth is in search and could be poised to take a run at Google in the not too distant future. Learn how this all impacts your hotel and the need to have a strong presence on Facebook.

Why Everyone Should Be On Your Hotel’s Digital Marketing Team

Why Everyone Should Be On Your Hotel’s Digital Marketing Team

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

How do you generate the massive amounts of content needed to fuel your hotel’s digital marketing strategy? Especially when there’s a limited number of people (you alone?!) on your team? The good news is, the answer is right in front of you. Every employee, guest and supplier is a potential source of content that can help your hotel’s digital marketing strategy.

12 Important SEO Tips for Your Website

12 Important SEO Tips for Your Website


Goins, Writer

This is part of The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization series, written for humans, not robots. Today, we’re talking about optimizing your whole website for search engines.

The Ultimate SEO Glossary

by Nick Jakubowski @ AdFicient

If you’re not familiar with the search engine optimization industry it can be very difficult keeping up with all the jargon related to the field. Over the years Google and marketers have created terms and acronyms which can be confusing for many people who don’t use the terms daily. The following li...

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A History of America's Credit Cards

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

The fast-paced financial world of plastic credit cards and their interest rates is relatively new in the grander, larger history of the U.S. Only since the late 1950s have Americans started to use credit, and the craze has resulted in a multimillion-dollar, powerful industry that affects millions of Americans every year. Both merchants and consumers would be completely stuck without the little plastic cards, with slowed transactions and virtually no online purchases. When did we really start using credit cards, and when did this change in monetary systems really start to affect not only our economy but the global economy?

The First "Credit Cards": Tally Sticks

It's very difficult to say when the first credit card existed, as credit exchanges as a concept were around as early as the Middle Ages. They were called tally sticks and were a system of financial record-keeping used when currency, which was heavy, expensive coinage, was not available. These sticks featured notches for the amount of debt owed and were split neatly down the middle, making them very difficult to counterfeit as each one's grain and split was completely unique. Tally sticks were an essential part of tax collection in England for more than 700 years.

The Forgotten Wallet and the Diners' Club Credit Card

The first credit card as we understand it in the modern sense was created as late as 1950. It was called the Diners' Club card. A man named Frank McNamara came up with the idea in 1949 while having dinner in a New York City restaurant. He was caught without his wallet. Urban legend has it that he offered to sign for his dinner, promising to pay for it later, then called his wife to bring over the cash. It is a fact, though, that he created the first consumer-facing credit card company, called Diners' Club.

The Move to Plastic

While most merchants weren't happy with these cards initially, the credit card started a craze that began to take shape in the 1950s and early 1960s. The Diners' Club card was technically a charge card; it required members to pay in full each month. It had been historically made from either cardboard or celluloid. American Express issued the first plastic card in 1959. As a competitor to Diners' Club, the company did very well. Plastic soon became a mainstay. Also in 1959, a new concept was introduced: the concept of the rolling balance, which was revolutionized by MasterCard. Cardholders didn't have to pay in full each month, but allowing rollover would increase fees.

The Development of Money, Metrics, and Convenient Billing

While credit cards started to become common, not everyone could have one in the 1960s. Credit cards began to really take off later on, starting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when conventional loans became too highly regulated. In the 1980s, Citibank moved to South Dakota because of its looser laws in combination with what became known as the Marquette decision, which freed up regulations on how much banks could charge their cardholders in interest. This deregulation allowed more people to get credit cards, and the industry expanded a great deal (for better and for worse).

Future Advancements and the "Smart Card"

While the technology for the so-called "smart card," which has an embedded chip, was developed as early as the mid-1970s, it's only now starting to become mainstream. This technology became widespread in Europe in the form of payphone cards as early as the 1980s. The EMV system, which stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, has started to be included in cards as of October 1, 2015. This is considered to be a more secure method of transaction, as these cards are more difficult to counterfeit.

How to Survive After a Shipwreck

How to Survive After a Shipwreck

by @ How to of the Day

While most people won’t ever be shipwrecked, it is a small possibility for people who do travel by water. In addition to the danger of dying when the ship sinks, there are many dangers after you’ve survived the initial sinking. Possible dangers include exposure, sharks, and more. However, by getting organized, cooperating with others, and taking steps to aid in your rescue, you’ll have much better odds of surviving a shipwreck. With some hard work and luck, you’ll survive this stressful ordeal.

5 Tips to Improve Your Website's SEO In Under An Hour

5 Tips to Improve Your Website's SEO In Under An Hour


Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Learn 5 easy ways to boost your site’s search engine optimization. From titles and descriptions to the right URL, get tips to improve your rank on Google.

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

How to Write Your Best Book: Part Four (Beyond the Launch)

by Jeff Goins @ Goins, Writer

There's a difference between an author and a writer. An author is someone who published a book at least once. A writer is someone who continues to write and publish, cultivating a writing life. But how do you know what to write about, and when to start your next project?

How to Lower DHEA

How to Lower DHEA

by @ How to of the Day

Keeping your hormone levels in check can boost your quality of life in every way. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is one of the most important hormones in your body as it regulates the production of androgens and estrogens. To lower your DHEA levels, start by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting the right amount of sleep. Talk with your doctor and ask them to monitor your levels over time. Be careful about any medications that you take and over time you should start to see and feel the positive results.

How to Look Good when Traveling

How to Look Good when Traveling

by @ How to of the Day

Whenever you travel on an airplane or sit through a long car, bus, or train ride, it's easy to end up looking tired and messy. Jet lag, exhaustion, and being cramped into a small seating area can contribute to a rumpled look. However, you can be comfortable yet still stylish by choosing wrinkle-free fabrics, wearing layers, and keeping your skin moisturized. Choose simple but chic makeup and hair for traveling to look your best when you arrive. Take advantage of down time on the plane or in the car to catch up on your rest. Don’t forget to freshen up before arriving at your destination.

Seth Godin Says Your Clients Aren’t Plankton

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

Time for my yearly Seth Godin quote. I love reading the marketing-without-marketing mastermind. He’s always a source of great inspiration and thought provoking advice. I’ve been ruminating on this post from his site earlier this week called Are We Not Plankton? (Deevo fans will get a kick out of that). Something that really stood out for […]

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How to Do the Dead Bug Exercise

How to Do the Dead Bug Exercise

by @ How to of the Day

Watching a bug struggle to turn itself over from its back may seem gross to some people. But did you know that that bug requires a considerable amount of strength to turn itself back over? You can use a similar technique to a struggling bug to strengthen your abs and core muscles without putting pressure on your lower back. You can do the dead bug exercise by performing it in its traditional way or trying variations based on your strength.

Timing is Everything: Best Times for Posting Content on Social Media

by Rank Executives @ Rank Executives

After being on hiatus for several months, we are back to our regular updates on SEO and Internet Marketing tips and advice. Given the circumstances, it seems like the best...

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How to Razor Cut Your Own Hair

How to Razor Cut Your Own Hair

by @ How to of the Day

Hair stylists typically razor cut thick hair to thin it out, or to create a textured, feathery look. If you have the proper tools and the right technique, then you can razor cut your hair at home. First divide your hair into three sections—a top, middle and bottom section. Starting with the bottom section, place the razor comb at a 45 degree angle relative to your hair. Then lightly run the razor from the middle of your hair to the ends. Repeat this technique for each section.

Real Businesses, Real Stories: Check Out Our New Ad Spots

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Square sellers contact us through email, Twitter, and Facebook on an almost-daily basis to thank us for helping them improve their businesses. As part of our new TV campaign — now airing nationwide — we met three of these sellers in person to hear their stories and share them with the world.

If you’re from New York, Boston, or Los Angeles, you may spot some familiar local faces. Tod Wilson, owner of Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory in New Jersey, took us behind the scenes at his bakery (the sweet potato pie is a must-try — trust us). Jim Brock of Boston Home Inspectors let us follow him around his home inspection rounds (don’t worry, we didn’t walk under any ladders). And Woody Lovell of L.A.’s The Barbershop Club showed us the art of a perfect shave.

We’ll be featuring interviews with Tod, James, Woody, and others over the coming weeks on this blog, centered on what they’ve learned as they’ve built these thriving businesses. And we’d also love to hear from you. Tell us how Square has helped your journey on Twitter with hashtag #SquareStories and we could feature your story.

Here’s the spot with Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory. To watch all of the commercials, head to squareup.com/stories.

A Win for Privacy Is a Win for the Web

by DreamHost @ DreamHost.blog

We’ve got great news for internet users around the world today: We did it. We made the internet better. The Backstory This month DreamHost chose to take a stand on something that will ultimately benefit all internet users who value their right to privacy and the ability to view websites of their choosing anonymously. We […]

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What is PPC Advertising and How Does it Work?

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

One of the keys to a successful marketing plan is to have a diverse portfolio of methods to get your name in front of potential customers. […]

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SearchCap: SEO content audits, a search marketer’s view of Facebook & a link study

by Amy Gesenhues @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Top SEO Trends that Favor Small Businesses in 2017

by Guest Blogger @ BlogPress

Predicting the future of any technology might be challenging. With rapid changes in the market, clearly telling what the future holds for businesses in certain markets is nearly difficult. In the SEO industry, however, the essential role played by emerging SEO trends cannot be overlooked. In the past, numerous Algorithm updates have favored particular types of businesses. […]

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Top SEO Trends that Favor Small Businesses in 2017 was first posted on December 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm.

11 Email Marketing Tips to Drive up Your Lead Conversion

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Many businesses do well at generating leads, but it can’t just stop there. Your leads need to be carried further down your funnel. The question then […]

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5 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Analytics (And How to Fix It)

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Consulting data is good. But being a slave to data is not. There is such a thing as being too data-obsessed. Confirmation bias pops up. And you miss the good, albeit, intangible stuff that comes along with your efforts. The solution is to uncover those biases and misunderstandings that lead you astray. It’s not easy. […]

Why La Colombe Chose Square to Help Fuel Its 100+ Location Expansion

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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Todd Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for 32 years. He’s the founder of La Colombe, a coffee shop with 12 locations across Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and D.C, and the host of the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds. Fueled by Carmichael’s passion to push the U.S. coffee scene forward, La Colombe sits at the forefront of the ethical trade movement and regularly dabbles in new terrain like brewing the first-ever latte on tap. And it’s all paid off. The company is rapidly expanding, with plans to open 100+ locations across the country over the next few years.

But until recently, there was a problem — La Colombe’s old-school point-of-sale system. Slow, clunky, and confusing, the system didn’t move at the speed necessary to support the company’s growth. What’s more, it was big and ugly — a jarring contrast with La Colombe’s sleek design aesthetic, creating what Carmichael calls a “barrier” between his employees and the customer. So they ripped it all out and replaced everything with Square.

La Colombe is now a Square power-user, using Employee Management to streamline operations and manage employees across all its locations. And as La Colombe expands to 100+ locations, Square will be there to support it with our ever-growing suite of sophisticated tools for larger businesses.

As we were helping La Colombe make the switch to Square (we have to admit, it was satisfying to rip everything out), we caught a few minutes with Carmichael. Below is our interview, where we talk coffee, design, and why Carmichael chose Square.

Interview Excerpts:

How did you decide it was time to expand?

I’ve come to the idea that America deserves better coffee. And I believe that we are the people to deliver on that promise. But I can’t deliver on that promise alone — I need partners. I need people who understand. We couldn’t have done that type of expansion without tools like Square. It’s impossible. Without you guys I probably wouldn’t succeed.

Why did you make the switch to Square?

You can’t make beautiful coffee over the Berlin Wall. In so many ways the old-school register was that. I’m going over these huge barriers — and that’s not what it’s about. You and I right now are talking without anything between us. That’s what Square offers to me.

Customer experience seems to be at the top of your priority list

What counts is making transactions quickly. Let’s get that part done and go to the part that counts — the interaction between us. I’m not just seeing the top of your head over a huge register. Architecture and design matters. It tells a story about who we are, which is about interaction with our customers. Square is beautiful, small, and quick.

Why is design so important?

I felt like my old register system were these anchors at the end of chains — and I’m floating on this beautiful ship. You guys have come along and you’ve changed that, you’ve caught up with me.

What does the switch to Square mean for your business?

First off, I know how to actually operate Square. I want mobile people and I want people out front. I’d like you to come into my café and have a great experience. Square makes my cafés a happier experience. It’s a fact.

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15 Pinterest-Worthy Picnic Ideas for Labor Day

by Nathaly Schneider @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Make this long weekend a labor of love

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25 Trending Products to Sell for Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017

by Nicole Martins Ferreira @ Oberlo

The holiday season is the best time to start your first store. We’ve compiled a list of trending products for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 so you’ll know what you could sell if you’re just getting started. These products have been trending upwards making them great products for new […]

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How to Optimize Your Website for Search Engine Use

How to Optimize Your Website for Search Engine Use


wikiHow

Content still reigns as the king in the world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Some websites get on top of search engine rankings because of high-powered link building campaigns, but when you talk about visitor loyalty and traffic...

10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

by Karen Asprey @ ThriveHive

A good business website is like having an extra employee—one who works 24/7 and can be the face of your company, give information, answer queries and […]

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The Jig Is Up

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

Well, really it’s been up since April 2012. What “jig” am I referring to? The use of commenting as a link building strategy amongst photographers. More specifically photographers that participate in communities that remove NoFollow from their blogs. This is referred to by Google as a link scheme, and has been against their guidelines for […]

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Tag! You’re it.

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

How do you use Tags? Do you use them? Should you? We’ll take a look at those questions and see what the best way to approach Tags in WordPress. There is an excellent article on Tags written by Tom Ewer on WPMU written back in 2011, and talks a little about Google’s Panda implications. However, I […]

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Cool Blog Writing Tips to Maximize Reader Engagement

by Guest Blogger @ BlogPress

Imagine taking a bite of fresh apple pie… While your mouth starts filling with saliva, your brain is probably serving you a big plate of associations. The right kind of crust on that pie, the aromas – cinnamon, rosemary, nutmeg… These turn ordinary meal into an unforgettable one. What about your blog writing then? How […]

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Cool Blog Writing Tips to Maximize Reader Engagement was first posted on November 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm.

Who Owns Your Guest Data? The Devil is in The Detail

Who Owns Your Guest Data? The Devil is in The Detail

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

When was the last time you read a contract you were signing? We mean, every single word. Some technology providers will bury important details in the fine print, knowing you won't go through it with a fine-toothed comb. Take, for example, BookingSuite and what they do with your guest data.

Tune In: Jack Dorsey and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Talk Payments Security

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

We’ve been keeping you in the know about all the upcoming changes to payments technology on this blog. And now we’re taking that knowledge on the road. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host a series of educational talks about all the new, more secure payment technologies. Specifically, we’ll be focusing on authenticated payments like NFC (think: Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc) and EMV.

Tomorrow, we’re kicking things off in Miami with an event featuring Square CEO Jack Dorsey and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. They’re hosting a discussion about why all of these changes are so crucial for small businesses. The event is sold out, but you can still tune in live via our Periscope stream. (If this will be your first time using Periscope, you can download the app here).

The event starts at 10 a.m. ET. Follow us on Twitter to be alerted when we’re live.

Here’s what they’ll be covering:

  • What EMV chip card technology is and why it’s more secure than the technology in magnetic stripe cards
  • What the transition to EMV chip card technology means for small business, including new fraud liability rules that take effect October 1, 2015
  • How to prepare for the transition not only to EMV technology but also to other secure, authenticated payment methods like NFC/contactless (i.e. Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc)

For those who can’t watch the Periscope broadcast, we’ll be posting a recording of the talk on this blog in the next few days. And to find out when Square and the SBA will be coming to a city near you to discuss secure payments, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing with the Best Affiliate Programs of 2017

by Raghav Haran @ Oberlo

In this post, I’ll show you how to implement and create your own affiliate program, how to partner with the right affiliates, and how much to pay them through commission.

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Harnessing the Power of Customer Feedback and Reviews [Webinar with Yelp]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Customer retention is very important for your business’s bottom line and its long-term growth. You’ve probably heard that it costs at least five times as much to acquire a new customer as it does to retain a current one. But did you know that a five-percent increase in customer retention can boost profits up to 95 percent? (That’s according to a study by Bain & Company.)

There are a lot of ways that you can bolster retention — social media, email marketing, a blog, a loyalty program — but feedback is one of the key ways to make sure your customers keep coming back. Whether it’s through online reviews or email, feedback lets your customers feel heard and gives you insight into how to improve your products, services, and customer experience. It’s a win-win.

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We partnered with Yelp to dig into how businesses can use feedback to create loyal customers — focusing specifically on public online reviews and private customer feedback. In our webinar (video above), we cover:

  • Why feedback matters
  • How to respond to feedback
  • How to get more feedback
  • How to use feedback to grow your business

Want to learn more about customer retention? Here are some other articles to check out:

The Easiest Ways to Get More Repeat Customers
Building Customer Loyalty — Best Practices That Drive Results
How to Turn Loyal Customers into Brand Evangelists

Set Up Your Menu Or Inventory In Square Point of Sale

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Add something new to your list of things that are totally worth the effort: Creating an item library in Square Point of Sale. If you’ve been putting this task off, here are five reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer. And even better, we have a new way to get even the largest item libraries set up:

1. Speed through your line

When you input your menu or inventory into Square Point of Sale, you’ll ring up sales faster and avoid errors.

2. Give your customers better receipts

Automatic itemized receipts help your customers with expenses, taxes, or budget tracking.

3. See what’s selling

Selling by item allows you to look at your sales by product and by product category.

4. Never run out

Choose to track inventory levels on any item you sell and get alerts when stock is low.

5. Manage just one library

Your Square item library integrates across Square Point of Sale and Square Market.

Lots of items to set up?

With our new Bulk Item Import tool, you can set up or modify many items at once. Check it out.

How to Better Your SEO in an Hour with Internal Link Building

by Kristen McCormick @ ThriveHive

Every small business owner wants to get more traffic to their website.  Organic traffic, in particular, is the most coveted form of traffic and refers to […]

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Why Your Team Needs a Growth Manager

by Sherice Jacob @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Growth hackers…growth managers…growth marketers — startups these days are all about growth. But are these titles just different names for the same kind of job? And if you’re a startup, which type should you hire and why? This article will help shine some light on one of the hottest and most lucrative jobs in the […]

How to Write a Resume and Land Your Dream Job

by Chase Lepard @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

You Got This!

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Build an Email List With Your WordPress Website in 3 Simple Steps

by Megan Hendrickson @ DreamHost.blog

Building a WordPress website is an excellent way to grow your business, display your portfolio, or establish yourself as an authority in your field. What’s more, it can serve as an excellent jumping-off point for various forms of marketing. In particular, email marketing is a strategy that can help promote your site and what it has […]

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SEO Backlinks 101: The Complete Crash Course to Backlinks and SEO

by Steven John @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Feel like something’s missing from your SEO? I know what it is, and it’s right under your nose. It’s the almighty SEO backlink—a detail that’s overlooked all the time, by SEO newbies and experts alike. Yup, there are people with tons of SEO and keyword research experience who still have questions about backlinks. What are they? ...

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Introducing Tools to Manage All Your Locations

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Opening one store is no small feat. But opening 40? Now you’re in the big leagues. Our mission at Square is to empower you every step of the way as an entrepreneur and help you grow into your ambitions — whether you’re just revving up or already on the road to becoming a full-blown franchise. And today, we’re excited to announce a new, powerful tool for larger businesses — Employee Management.

Employee Management offers a robust set of features that’s on par with what the biggest businesses have in their arsenal — at a fraction of the price. With Employee Management, you can easily oversee multiple locations from within one account, manage your employees, and view and act on detailed information about every part of your business, all in one place.

Here’s what it’s got:

Supercharged sales reports

Now you can filter your sales reports by employee, device, or location. So you can see which employees are ringing in the most, or which location did particularly well that day. You can download CSV files for simple reports or get an end-of-day report.

Open a new location in just a few clicks

Setting up a new location can be a ton of work. But Employee Management makes it much easier. Now you can import your item libraries from other locations, so you can start selling in your new store immediately. It’s also easy to customize item libraries by location — say, if you offer coffee and sandwiches at one of your shops, and only coffee at another.

Customized permission levels

Everyone has their “A team.” With customized permission levels, you can give your stellar employees access to more stuff. Assigning different roles to different employees is a snap to do — it’s all right in your Dashboard. You can assign people to be a Cashier (where they just have restricted access at the register), an Accountant (where they can view sales reports, transactions, and timecards), or an Administrator (where they can manage all aspects of your business). This is a handy feature if you’d like to take a (probably much needed) vacation.

Employee passcodes

You should never have to worry about the safety and security of your business. Employee passcodes keep things locked down. What’s more, you can keep track of who processed each transaction, all from your Dashboard. So it’s easy to keep tabs on what’s going on at each of your locations.

Built-in timecards

Keeping track of your employees’ hours is tedious. The timecards feature puts this on autopilot. Your employees can clock in or out right from the register. And you can monitor those hours (and make adjustments if they’re needed) remotely. So you don’t need to physically be at each of your locations to know who’s been working and when.

Track employee sales

You want to keep your best employees around. But how do you spot your superstars if you’re busy managing 10 locations? Now you can see revenue-per-labor-hour reports to help you find and reward your most efficient employees. You can also view which employees closed which cash drawers, which is generally good intel to have on hand.

Automatic tip reconciliation

Tips are awesome — but they can be a pain to sort out, especially when you’re tired at the end of the day. With Employee Management, you can say goodbye to math problems and speed up your closing time. Because you can see who logged in and out and when, you can easily allocate tips to employees who worked those shifts.

Mobile registers

Having a long line is a good problem to have. To make sure that queue moves quickly, you can outfit your staff with mobile registers. This is particularly helpful if you’re at an event or hosting a pop-up. A quicker line means more sales.

Employee Management is just $5 a month per employee. Get started with a 30-day trial.

3 Reasons Your AdWords Traffic Is Not Qualified

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

AdWords is one of the most predictable paid media channels. By using it, you’re focusing on people who show their intent in advertising platforms. Search traffic is growing by a lot. In 2014, marketers spent $23.44 billion in the search channel. That same figure for this year is already $32.32 billion, and it’s expected to […]

Complete Guide to Increasing Site Speed

by Nick Jakubowski @ AdFicient

Why is site speed important? Lets use this scenario. A user searches a query within Google and search results are returned to the user. The user clicks a link and waits for the page to load, after waiting a few seconds the user clicks back to the search results and clicks a different result. This te...

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How to Combine Offsite & Onsite Retargeting for PPC Advertisers

by Michael Hakobjanyan @ AdFicient

How would you describe your marketing efforts? Weak? Pretty good? Well-developed? I’m afraid I have some bad news. If you don’t have a strategy for your lost visitors, then your marketing efforts are weak. Sorry to sound harsh… but that’s the truth. It doesn’t matter how well-designed or user-friend...

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What Your Desk Says About You

by Chen Attias @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Which one are you?

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How to Clean a Bristled Hairbrush

How to Clean a Bristled Hairbrush

by @ How to of the Day

Routine hairbrush cleaning is an often-overlooked part of hygiene maintenance. From oil and grime build-up to dandruff and leftover hair product transferring between family members, roommates, or partners, routine cleaning of your hairbrush is important. An old hairbrush can be revitalized and its lifetime extended simply by removing collected hair, cleaning with an agent, and properly drying.

11 Keys to Starting Your Own Business on a Tight Budget

by Jillian Altit @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Don't break the bank!

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This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

In one of the stranger reputation-management tactics we’ve heard, a New York hotel is now fining people $500 for writing bad Yelp reviews.

Who needs hotels anyway? Here are some tips for running your business from an RV, trailer, or boat.

Copycatting isn’t just lame. Turns out it also takes the same amount of effort as creating your own vision. Inc. looks at the irony of the imitator epidemic.

Here are some content strategy tips for your business: “About” pages are super important. And a great newsletter can be even more effective than building a Facebook community.

If you’ve ever felt guilty about slightly exaggerating parts of your resume, this will make you feel better: 10 of the most ridiculous lies people have told on their resumes.

And finally, some essential weekend intel: The Push for Pizza app lets you order pizza in three taps.

Why The Right Hotel Images Are SO Important for Your OTA Listings

Why The Right Hotel Images Are SO Important for Your OTA Listings

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

Your hotel images are the one feature you can really control on OTA sites. They are the single most important way to convey your unique story and become part of a traveler’s consideration set. Learn what hotel images travel shoppers want to see the most, and how a digital brochure can help you serve up the right content on these third-party booking channels.

Online Scheduling Masters: 8 Gorgeous Wix Bookings Sites

by Taira Sabo @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Will you resist?

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How to Do Customer Engagement If You’re In a Unique Niche

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

I once worked with a business that specialized in making custom squirrel horror dioramas. If you’re wondering what in the world a custom squirrel horror diorama is, then you’ve proved an underlying point of this article. Unique niches are really tough for marketing. If there are 37 people on the planet that are in your […]

Get the Most Out of Square: The Hottest New Features We Launched in October

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

We’re constantly releasing tools to help you start, run, and grow your business. In October, we launched a bunch of cool new features that already have thousands of power users.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of Square, here’s an October highlight reel of what’s new.

Sick leave management in Square Payroll

Square Payroll now makes it easy to manage your sick leave and time off policy. Just set your paid time off policy for each team member, and Square Payroll takes care of the rest. Each time you run payroll, your employees’ remaining balance is calculated and included on their pay stub. When employees take time off, simply enter the hours they’re out, and those hours will be paid in your next pay run. (This feature is currently available in California.) Learn more.

Sync your online and in-store inventory levels

Now you can quickly import items from your Square account to your Bigcommerce-hosted online store. And when you connect Square with Bigcommerce, you can instantly reconcile inventory levels when you make sales both online and in-store. Learn more.

New time-saving invoicing features

To help you close the books faster, you can now add multiple recipients to your invoices and easily apply discounts. We’ve also made the cancellation policy on invoices a lot more flexible. Learn more.

Quickly take your brick-and-mortar store online

Our new integration with Ecwid makes it supersimple to take your brick-and-mortar store online in minutes — and start selling across other channels like Facebook and Tumblr. Learn more.

Customer activity in Premium Profiles

In your Customer Directory, Premium Profiles now include a running list of recent customer activity. You can see when and what your customers buy, which emails you’ve sent them, who is sending you feedback, and more. Premium Profiles are available to Customer Engagement Pro subscribers. View your Customer Directory.

California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know

Sell Online and In-Store? Our New Bigcommerce Integration Helps Streamline Inventory Logistics

How to Craft a Stellar Holiday Marketing Campaign

The Challenges and Triumphs of Starting a Business

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


We’re thrilled that Square seller Liz Fiedler, owner of Loving Cup in San Francisco, is featured in USA Today as part of their Small Business Saturday section. Below is her interview with our CEO, Jack Dorsey, where they discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a small business.

JD: What was the biggest barrier to starting a business?

LF:
I had no idea what I was doing! I learned as I went, working every shift, every day. My biggest hurdle was bookkeeping.

JD: How did you learn?

LF: Trial and error. I learned from my mistakes and really listened to customer suggestions. Some of our best-selling items were created by employees and customers.

JD: Has the government been supportive and what could they do to help?

LF: I’d love to see lower taxes, especially for small businesses that are just getting started. They seem to give tax breaks to big corporations that have the money to pay more taxes. I don’t know if that’s necessarily fair. Small businesses do a lot for the city, like maintain the sidewalks outside our stores. It would be nice to get something back.

JD: How do you consider your role in the community?
**LF: ** I want to make a product that is good for my customers and the environment. My business is primarily to-go, so I thought a lot about waste. That’s why everything here is compostable.

JD: That’s very cool and real leadership. What advice would you give someone starting a business?

LF: Stick with it. It’s incredibly hard work. You have to do everything, like learn how to replace circuit breakers. Eventually you hit your stride and it’s all worth it.

How to Welcome the New Kid at School

How to Welcome the New Kid at School

by @ How to of the Day

Coming into a new school can be very difficult for anyone. You’re in a new environment with people you don’t know instead of your old friends. If you want to help a new kid feel welcome, making a good first impression is crucial. From there, you’ll want to help them get a handle on their new school and integrate themselves fully.

SEO Best Practices For Every Page On Your Site

SEO Best Practices For Every Page On Your Site


Business 2 Community

In terms of getting the best search rankings, you can broadly break your SEO efforts into two areas: site-wide optimisation and optimising individual pages. Today we’re going to focus on the second…

Getting Started with Automated Email Marketing

by Sherice Jacob @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Email marketing is one of those pivotal, game-changing facets of online marketing that nearly every serious marketer needs to not only know how to do — but do successfully. As you’ve learned to grow your business, you no doubt have come across email marketing jargon such as segments and drip feeds. But what does it […]

Increasing your site’s visibility to search engines

Increasing your site’s visibility to search engines


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This guide shows you how to use Squarespace's SEO-targeting features and other tools to increase your site's visibility to search engines.Note: Before you begin, please note that SEO strategy fal...

How to Realign Your Neck

How to Realign Your Neck

by @ How to of the Day

Having your neck out of alignment is a common issue, especially if you’re sitting at a computer all day. A neck that is out of alignment can cause pain and discomfort. If you’ve been experiencing neck pain and tension, then you are likely looking for a solution. Fortunately, it’s possible to realign your neck using neck stretches, lifestyle changes, or a chiropractor.

Five Ways Google’s Downgrade of Pop-Up Ads is Already Affecting Your Business

by Ajay Paghdal @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

It’s a pop-up world out there. As a small business owner, you work tirelessly to attract visitors to your site and convert them into paying customers. And, if you’re like millions of others marketing your business online, at some point you’ve used pop up ads to reach your target audience. Recently, Google announced it will ...

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Marketing Day: E-commerce SEO mistakes, Facebook tests new ad format & interactive native content

by Amy Gesenhues @ Marketing Day – Marketing Land

Here's our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.

How to Leverage Behavioral Data with Segment

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Behavioral Data is Critical for Driving Growth Tracking customer event data, such as for Kissmetrics’ behavioral analytics solution, is an integral part to any successful online business–but I bet you already knew that. You might also know that installing Kissmetrics tracking code across your platform is relatively straight forward, though it can get complex depending […]

The Beginner's Guide to SEO for Dropshipping Businesses - Oberlo.

The Beginner's Guide to SEO for Dropshipping Businesses - Oberlo.


Oberlo

In this article you'll learn about dropshipping SEO. You'll learn how to SEO your ecommerce store by understanding the basic SEO beginner guidelines.

Improve Your Search Ranking

Improve Your Search Ranking


Weebly Help Center

Now that you’ve built a great site, you most likely want people to find it.One way to get visitors is to directly distribute your site’s address, and if you only have a handful of close connections...

Everything Hotels Need to Know About Guest Reviews

Everything Hotels Need to Know About Guest Reviews

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

10 years ago, travel shoppers were not flocking to review sites before booking hotels, but now it’s a given that prospective guests conduct their research before booking. In the long run, careful management of online guest reviews will help drive more bookings and increase your revenue.

SEO Tips For Beginners – 15 Ways to Google Boost Your Web Site

SEO Tips For Beginners – 15 Ways to Google Boost Your Web Site


reliablesoft.net

As a beginner to search engine optimization (SEO) you need to understand that there is no magic way to rank your website in the first page of Google, Bing or Yahoo. Search engines are governed by complex algorithms and it takes a lot of time and effort to ‘convince’ them that your website or web page deserves one of the top spots. Nevertheless, there are certain rules you can follow to optimize your website and provide the search engine bots with the necessary signals. While the web is floated with SEO tips and advice, most of the articles talk about

How to Comfort Someone Who Is Crying

How to Comfort Someone Who Is Crying

by @ How to of the Day

You may want to help someone who’s crying but not know where to start. The most important part is to show that you care. Extend any help that you can and support their needs. Ask a few questions to make sure they feel safe or assess if they need anything. Overall, be generous with your time and allow them to talk about what’s on their mind.

The State of SEO in Travel: 13 Eye Popping Statistics

The State of SEO in Travel: 13 Eye Popping Statistics

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

To win more direct bookings, you need to drive more website traffic. And for that to happen, your website needs to be “discoverable” by search engines. We’ve compiled the following Infographic to help you understand the true impact of SEO in the travel industry today, and where to focus your SEO efforts.

What is SEO and Why is it Important for your Site?

by Kevin Brown @ KEVIN BROWN DESIGN

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How to Pay Attention in a Dull Class

How to Pay Attention in a Dull Class

by @ How to of the Day

Dull or boring classes can be a challenge to endure, especially if you’re trying to earn a top grade. Every student experiences a dull class once in a while, but the good news is that there are easy ways to keep yourself engaged while avoiding distractions. Coming to class prepared, striving to participate, and removing distractions like your cell phone and snacks are all strategies you can use to make it easier to pay attention.

5 Things to Consider for your Website’s CTA

by Emily Alonzo @ KEVIN BROWN DESIGN

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How to Use Facebook Live: 5 Tips for Beginners

by Chad Edmonds @ AddThis Academy

Get the most out of your Facebook Live broadcasts with our five Facebook Live tips for beginners.

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Webinar: Smart Strategies to Streamline Your Business with Square and QuickBooks

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Tuesday, January 26th

10:00 am PT | 10:45 pm ET

45 minutes + Q&A

Having a best-in-class, integrated platform on which to run and grow a business isn’t just for the big guys. With a little know-how and some smart strategies, connecting the industry’s top tools into one seamless system is simple and will benefit your small business.

Join us in this free webinar to learn how you can leverage the power of Square’s payments with QuickBooks’ robust accounting solution to streamline your business. We’ll show you how to easily connect Square and QuickBooks using the free Sync with Square app. Plus, we’ll walk you through the hottest new features from Square and QuickBooks and share insider tips on how to get the most out of them.

In this power session:

  • Learn how to easily integrate Square, QuickBooks, and other top business tools

  • Get expert tips to help you track sales and expenses, pay employees, and more

  • See a behind-the-scenes look at Square and QuickBooks newest features

Register today!

Before Your Next Product Launch, Try These 5 Engagement Strategies

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

The big day is approaching! Yes, you’re about to launch your first (or maybe fifth) product. You want the experience to be perfect for your audience. What your team does before the launch is just as important as what you do on launch day. And it all starts with early engagement—spreading your message as soon […]

The Best Western Northgate Inn Updated Its Website to Drive More Direct Bookings

The Best Western Northgate Inn Updated Its Website to Drive More Direct Bookings

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

In any industry, you have to adapt or be left behind. That’s why Susana Kao, owner of the Best Western Northgate Inn, recently decided to undergo a complete renovation of her hotel in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The refresh brought a modern touch to the hotel that has been praised in guest reviews. But Susana realized that in order to drive more direct bookings, she needed a modern website to match.

Tips To Improve Your Website's SEO - Rising Tide

Tips To Improve Your Website's SEO - Rising Tide


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Search Engine Optimization at it’s most basic is the act of making your website...

This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Friday: We made it. Sit back, put your feet up, and take a minute out of your day to catch up on our must-read news and small business stories. We’ll be here at the end of each week with a roundup of things you may have missed. Here are some articles we found to finish out July.

We never expected to take career lessons from Weird Al Yankovic. Turns out he’s a pretty savvy businessman.

Would you hire these famous people based on their former job applications? Lessons learned from Leonardo da Vinci and Madonna.

On that note, Madonna’s handwritten resume may not have been the only thing that didn’t get her a second-round interview. Here are 10 other ways to blow a first impression.

Our morning routine involves coffee, coffee, and more coffee. How do you get going each day? Here are some tips for starting your day off on the right foot. One thing you might add to your morning routine is doodling during that 9 a.m. staff meeting. New research shows that doodling can help you stay focused, grasp new concepts, and retain information.

Finally, there’s been a lot of chatter this week around planning for retirement. Both the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report on why you should start thinking about your 401(k) sooner rather than later. There are lots of services out there making it easier for small businesses to get a jump on saving for the future.

3 tips to wake up nonresponders and boost email open rates

by Contributing Author @ Vertical Response Blog

Don't give up on email nonresponders. We walk you through three tips to wake them up and give your email open rates a boost

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Your Site Designer Website

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Your Site Designer Website


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What is SEO?SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and is the art and science of making your website visible to search engines. SEO is used to improve “search ranking,” or how high up your we...

Scaling Engagement: 5 Strategies to Connect With More Customers

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

There’s 24 hours in a day. With customer engagement as your priority, it can seem like an impossible feat to connect with your audience on a daily basis. Tara Walpert Levy, managing director at Google, writes: “In the accelerating swirl of chaos, excitement, and yes, sometimes fear, the brands that win will prioritize engagement over […]

10 Smart Ways to Effectively Secure Your WordPress Website

by Megan Hendrickson @ DreamHost.blog

You’ve worked hard to create your website and likely spent a ton of time and effort maintaining it. Your site may even be vital to your livelihood — you need those sweet dollar, dollar bills to keep your business afloat. And that, friends, is why making your website as secure as possible is vitally important. […]

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How to Do Puzzle Nail Art

How to Do Puzzle Nail Art

by @ How to of the Day

Do you love nail art and want to try a new and impactful design? These puzzle nails are simple to create and will add a creative touch to your look.

Check If Your SEO Company Is Helping or Killing Your Website

Check If Your SEO Company Is Helping or Killing Your Website


Monitor Backlinks Blog

If you are outsourcing SEO to a company or freelancer, here's how to determine if they are helping your site or killing its rankings. 

Square Point of Sale: All the Things You Can Do With Payments

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

To make sure you get the most out of your Square Point of Sale, we’ll regularly be posting essential intel, updates, and expert tips and tricks that help you take care of your business.

This one’s all about the foundation of your business: Getting paid. Here are six things to know:

1) You get paid quickly
Sales before 5:00 p.m. PT will usually show up in your bank account the next business day. Weekend and after-hours payments are also speedy. Check out the payments schedule.

2) You can set your close-of-day time
Maybe you close after 5:00 p.m. (say, if you run a bar or a hair salon). With Square’s flexible close of day feature, you can enter the closing time that works best your bookkeeping. Learn how to adjust here.

3) You can give partial refunds
Common scenario: A customer wants to return just one or two items. Simply open a refund in your Dashboard or Point of Sale app and enter the amount the customer would like back. Easy. Learn more about partial refunds.

4) You don’t have to chase down payments
Register’s invoice feature makes invoicing quick and fast for both you and your customers. Just send the invoice via email. The customer enters their credit card info and submits the payment. Voilá. No more headaches. Learn more about invoices.

5) You can take payments when you’re offline
We have you covered when you’re off the grid. Just set your device to offline mode. You can continue to take card payments, and your sales are processed automatically when you regain connectivity. Learn how it works.

6) You can process cash too
You can take cash and check payments, and even process sales even if you don’t have your Square Reader with you. Just enter the information manually. The transaction will process and authorize as usual. Find out more.

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Do You Own Your Website Domain? The Common Mistake Made by Hoteliers

Do You Own Your Website Domain? The Common Mistake Made by Hoteliers

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

Your website domain is incredibly valuable to your hotel. It’s a part of your intellectual property, essential to your digital marketing, and helps drive revenue through direct bookings. Because it's so valuable, you can't afford to entrust someone else to purchase it for you. Here's what can happen if you do...

Tips From The Experts – What is Community Management?

by Manu Cohen @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Let's socialize :)

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How To Run An Online Marketing Campaign Using Only Photos and Videos

by Maher Abiad @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Today we’re going to talk to you about the power of visuals. The power to convey messages and thoughts where simple words can’t. We’d like to show you how you would construct a marketing campaign with video and photos as the key driver of your strategy. Today, the culture of image and visuals has taken ...

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How to Build a Lead Magnet Into Your Product to Fuel Growth

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

If you’re looking for new ways to prospect new business for your product or service, a lead magnet could be a valuable investment. A lead magnet is essentially a gateway drug or a bribe to coax your target audience into your marketing or sales funnel. You ‘bribe’ a prospect with a specific piece of value […]

Payments 101: How to Get Set Up and Manage Payments [WEBINAR]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

There’s a lot to think about when you start a business — naming, choosing a location (or if you’re online, building a site), determining a business structure, obtaining licenses, registering for taxes. And there’s even more to think about once you’re running it — inventory, payroll, marketing, etc.

But the most important thing to get in order when you run a business is payments. After all, even if you started a business to fulfill a passion, you still want to get paid.

So put this at the top of your list: You need to determine what kind of payments you are going to accept, how you accept those payments, and how you manage those payments.

If it sounds like a lot, don’t worry, we have you covered.

Dave Talach, Square’s head of payment products, recently joined Mark Vega, program manager at BusinessBlocks, for a discussion that covers everything you need to know about payments, including how to get started with a payment system that will grow with your business.

Three Do-It-Yourself SEO Steps You Can Take On Your Website Today

by Max Faingezicht @ ThriveHive

Tackling your business website’s SEO (search engine optimization) can be an intimidating task. Getting your business on the first page of Google may seem like quite a […]

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The Complete Guide to Building a Brand Online

by The Wix Team @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Just brand it!

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E-Commerce 101: Sell Big with Weebly and Square [VIDEO]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Having a strong online presence and utilizing an omnichannel commerce strategy is increasingly important. So whether your business has been around for five months or 50 years, a website can be a key contributor to your success.

To help you get started, Christina Dam, product marketing lead at Square, recently sat down with Vitaly Odemchuk, head of design at Weebly, and Kim Chappell, Weebly’s head of communications, at General Assembly SF to discuss web design and omnichannel best practices.

They were joined by business owners Paige and Chris Curtis of Alibi Interiors and Jeff and Justin Wiguna of Kiju Coffee, who spoke with the crowd about their e-commerce experiences.

During the event they discussed:

  • Best practices for designing a great website, including creating a catchy headline and selecting key visuals for your site
  • How to build a seamless omnichannel strategy
  • How to optimize your marketing practice to save time and stay creative

7 Biggest PPC Nightmares Sinking Your ROI

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

PPC advertising should be straightforward. You buy an ad. Your ad appears on Google. That ad gets clicked. You spend a little dough per click, and voila – you’re a marketing genius. Traffic is booming and you’re appearing in all the right places. Except that’s not always how it works. And for some strange reason, […]

5 Popular SEO Practices Which Don’t Work Today

by Christopher Flores @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

The SEO world is extremely competitive, which, in turn, leads to competing ideologies and best practices. If you are new to SEO, it wouldn’t take you very long to get confused about which techniques actually work, and which ones don’t. In the recent months, we have seen a whole host of updates from Google. Hence, ...

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5 Great Tips to Boost Your Web Development Skills

by Rank Executives @ Rank Executives

Web development skills and qualifications are in high demand. As the web continues to grow and more businesses opt for an online presence, web developers will continue to be needed....

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How The Holiday Inn Casa Grande’s Website Went From Drab to Fab

How The Holiday Inn Casa Grande’s Website Went From Drab to Fab

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

The Holiday Inn Casa Grande’s old website was seriously lacking. Its homepage was missing that “WOW factor” to draw travel shoppers in. The Accommodation types were uninspiring and text-heavy. And, most importantly, its website was not optimized for mobile. See how Vizlly helped this hotel start ranking higher in search results, and engaging more website visitors.

Autumn emails: Harvesting the best themes for the season

by Contributing Author @ Vertical Response Blog

Use the lull between summer sales and holiday hoopla to snag your customers' attention with fall-themed emails. Here are some of our favorite ideas and tips to get you started

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Results are in for Comfort Suites Alamo/River Walk’s New SEO Strategy

Results are in for Comfort Suites Alamo/River Walk’s New SEO Strategy

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

In April 2017, the Comfort Suites Alamo/River Walk upgraded its Vizlly subscription to include our new SEO marketing services. While it’s still early days, the initial results are in – and they’re impressive. See how this hotel has risen in organic search rankings and is now competing with the likes of TripAdvisor, Hotels.com and Booking.com on Page 1 of Google.

How to Repurpose Your Content to Drive New Website Traffic

by Christian Brink @ AddThis Academy

Learn how to repurpose the content you create to drive new website traffic.

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How to Map Behavioral Metrics Into Your Key Business Drivers

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Digital marketing is a blessing to marketers because of the wealth of data it provides. Online marketers can analyze and dissect innumerable elements to gain a deeper understanding of the habits and preferences of their customers. As a result, they can effectively put themselves in their customers’ shoes and optimize the entire experience. This allows […]

Get Noticed in 2015 – Online SEO Workshop

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

Get Noticed In 4 Weeks – Thursdays in January // Now on Google Hangouts! Get your website whipped into shape to start pulling in quality traffic and clients. Find out what tools and plugins you need, learn how to properly leverage your blog for SEO, discover what you really need to do to get found for […]

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Generate more leads with Shopify and BigCommerce plugins

by John Habib @ Vertical Response Blog

Easily collect customers' contact information that flows right to your VerticalResponse account

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How to Install AddThis on AngularJS

by Christian Brink @ AddThis Academy

Learn how to install AddThis share buttons, follow buttons, related posts, and Tip Jar on your AngularJS apps.

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3 Ways to Re-think Risk Taking in Your Business

by Amy Hanen @ Rising Tide

When I was younger, I never saw myself as being a “risk-taker.” I wasn’t...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Dropshipping SEO

by Adam Riemer @ Oberlo

As a dropshipping store owner, one thing you need to know before building your website is how to use search engine optimization (SEO) for your business. Dropshipping sites have a unique set of SEO obstacles to overcome as opposed to stores who stock their own inventory, so it’s important that […]

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How to Study for a Math Exam

How to Study for a Math Exam

by @ How to of the Day

Practice makes perfect when it comes to math - that’s why your teacher assigns so many tedious homework problems! Many people try to study for math by simply memorizing formulas and equations the way they would memorize facts and dates. While knowing formulas and equations is important, the best way to learn them is by using them. Start studying early, do your homework, and ask your teacher for help if you run into any issues. Avoid cramming, try not to get stressed out, and make sure to get rest and eat well just before the test.

How to Drink Noni Juice

How to Drink Noni Juice

by @ How to of the Day

Noni, also known as cheese fruit or morinda, has been used for thousands of years in the Pacific to treat health problems. Noni advocates claim that the juice treats problems ranging from low energy to cancer. Making juice at home is done simply by blending noni fruit and straining out the seeds. You can also buy it premade or as an extract. Since noni is an unproven herbal medicine, consult with your doctor before drinking and stop if you experience adverse health effects.

Revamp Your SEO Strategy with Schema Markup and Structured Data

by Ruchi Pardal @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

Schema markup is one of the most crucial yet least used optimization techniques in SEO. As reported on Search Engine Land, around 80 percent of websites haven’t yet implemented schema markup. However, it is something that can boost your website in the search engine result pages (SERPs), if you grasp its concept and method. According ...

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7 Steps to Becoming a Risk Taker

by Morgan Anderson @ Rising Tide

Take these 7 actionable steps from Biz & Bubbly's founder, Morgan Anderson, to become a calculated risk taker when managing your business.

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How to Curate Content: Tips and Tools

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

When used properly, curated content can improve the effectiveness of your marketing. You can garner more page views, repeat visitors, more subscribers, backlinks and so on. […]

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How Much is Your Website Worth, and How Valuable is it?

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

Worth If you look back over 2013, could you tell me how much business your website generated? Is your business even set up to be able to find out? Just to get a sense of what I’m talking about, let’s take a completely arbitrary number like $100,000 in sales for the year 2013. You may […]

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Celebrating Local Business Growth With Square Capital

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

To start your own business, you need a combination of hard work, creativity, and guts. You probably also need some money.

We’ve extended nearly $50 million to more than 10,000 independent businesses through Square Capital, our financing program. With a new investment from Victory Park Capital, we’re now able to support even more sellers.

To celebrate the businesses that are growing with Square Capital, we’ll be sharing their success stories over the coming months. We’re starting with jux·ta·pose, a women’s fashion and accessories store in Tampa and one of the first recipients of Square Capital.

jux·ta·pose is the brainchild of sisters Lindsay and Kallie Wesley. They were killing it at their Hyde Park Village location and started to set sights on opening a second store.

They applied for a small business loan and were denied. Among other reasons, the bank told them that they didn’t have enough credit history to qualify (both sisters are in their mid-20s).

Square saw a different story. With a deeper understanding of jux·ta·pose’s sales history and growth numbers, we recognized their potential and extended them capital. “Square believed in us when no one else did,” says Kallie Wesley.

Come this fall, we’re pleased to report that jux·ta·pose will be opening a second store in St. Petersburg, Florida—thanks in part to the capital they received from Square. They used the money to build out the new location, hire a store manager, and add more merchandise.

Now, they’re focusing on what what they consider to be the ethos of their business—offering merchandise from local designers. “These types of pieces are a bit more expensive but we always want to support local, local, local,” says Kallie Wesley.

So congrats to jux-tapose. If you ever find yourself in Tampa, be sure to pop in. Their stuff is beautiful.

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In Search of the Perfect Landscape Picture with Albert Dros

by Jonathan Sitbon @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Volcano + Milky Way = BOOM!

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Beginners Guide to Coin History

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Before paper bills, credit card processing, complex taxation, and electronic money, there was the beautiful, simple, artistically crafted coin. Its history aligns uniquely with the evolution of civilization. Today, its use is widespread in most major regions and countries of the world. While the way that they're made has evolved, the basic concept of exchanging bits of metal for goods has lasted through the ages and become an essential part of the human experience.

Early Coins

The first move away from the barter system may have been the exchange of cowrie shells, which eventually evolved into metal nuggets and pieces. Metal money exchanges started in the form of small knives and tools in China. In the 5th century BC, Chinese hollow spade money was commonly used. While not using "coins" per se, these were some of the first exchanges of valuable, standardized metal materials. This eventually evolved into the recognizable, rounded Chinese coins. In the west, the first official, minted currency was possibly the famous Lydia coin, which was created in modern Turkey and featured an image of a lion. It was made of gold. These were pounded out with a hammer and were create for King Croesus. In the greater history of money, this was a very important next step to opening up the Mediterranean to trade and an exchange of goods and ideas. In the next centuries, coins began to be exchanged and accepted on a global scale.

Types of Coins

While paper money started to become the dominant currency in China as early as the 13th century at the behest of Emperor Kublai Khan, coins were absolutely essential to several empires, which all had their own mints. In the Persian Empire, the coin of choice was the daric. In Greece, the ancient currency was the drachma, which is still used in its modern form today. In Rome, on the other hand, the currency was based around the silver denarius. During and after the fall of Rome, in the Byzantine Empire, the major coin was the golden solidus, which was also known as the nomisma. In China, the coin design stayed by and large the same, in the form of a circle with a square hole, which was called the ban liang coin. In the Renaissance, the florin was quite common, and the pound was used in England.

How Coins Are Made

Throughout history, coins have traditionally been struck using blanks and a set of dies. Many types of dies have been used throughout history. The Romans made popular a hinged set of dies that joined together like tongs. The dies were made out of a harder metal than the softer coin materials, which were often made from alloys of gold, silver, copper, or bronze. The blanks were cut to consistent, uniform thickness. Then, the material was placed inside the die and struck with a large hammer or a set of machinery that involved pulleys. Eventually, the fly press made this method much faster and easier. Modern American coin production is a little bit different. It closely resembles a manufacturing process. Large sculptures are made for the dies in clay and plaster, then created as epoxy models, which, using digital machinery, are used to create the metal dies. Rather than being formed by cutting ropes of metal, coins are punched out of long metal sheets. Production then moves at a lightning pace (with the press stamping about 1,750 coins per minute). In other countries, like the U.K., the coin-making process is treated with a high level of respect and combines hard science and art to create consistent, flawless pieces. While we may no longer feature the gods and goddesses that so often frequented ancient coins on our money, the basic methods of coin minting have mostly stayed the same.

Collecting Coins

Coin collecting has become a popular hobby in the U.S. and many other areas of the world, possibly because coins have been made for thousands of years and seem timeless. Modern coin collectors especially love lesser-known, rare coins, which are specific to a time and place in history. Collectors are often fascinated not only by the age nor necessarily how much a coin is worth but by the beauty of the dies and the uniqueness of every piece. Some collectors treasure the imperfect, ancient coins that were just barely folded out of lumps of flawed alloy, whereas others want the rare U.S. pieces that were examples of exquisite craftsmanship but just never became popular. If you're thinking about getting started collecting coins and joining numismatic groups, always keep in mind the story of each piece. Successful coin collecting should inherently be about education and understanding both how these coins were made and their place in the history of civilization.

Optimizing your website menu for SEO • Yoast

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Ever wondered about the best way to optimize your website menu? Let's go over a number of best practices in terms of UX and SEO.

How to Optimize the Product Pages of Your Ecommerce Website

by Joydeep Bhattacharya @ Unamo Blog

Someone may perform a Google search for an item in your store, but unless that product’s page is optimized correctly, they may not be able to find it easily in the search results. So, unless you wish to miss out on potential visitors, you should make sure your product pages are optimized. The recommendations below […]

Integrate Google Search Console With Unamo SEO

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

Now you can integrate your Google Search Console properties with your Unamo SEO Campaign with GSC data storage for up to 2 years! ​​ You’ll have all of your relevant SEO data on one platform to expedite your analytics and decision making processes. ​ The integration will pull all of your data from GSC into […]

Video SEO: Factors for Ranking in the Top 10 on Google

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

What does it take to rank your video in the top 10 results on Google? And on YouTube? Well, these are two very different enterprises entirely. A recent study found that 64% of all YouTube videos appearing in Google search results had a different rank hierarchy when searched on YouTube. In other words, videos ranking […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Website Design: Your Guide to a Beautiful Website

by ellice @ DreamHost.blog

  You deserve a pat on the back. A gold star. A round of applause. You’ve done it! You’ve finally created your shiny new website. You’ve outfitted it with a new domain and your own unique content. Plus, you’ve tag-teamed with us, your hosting gurus. You’ve got your site up and running, and you’re ready […]

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Multiregional Tracking in Unamo SEO

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

With Multiregional Keyword Tracking you’ll be able to track keywords in multiple regions in your Unamo SEO campaign. ​ Multiregional tracking only applies to Google; however, with a variety of local search engines in various countries, you can check the success of your keywords in one region against their success in another. By doing this, […]

6 Types of Online Advertising for Your Business

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

As new technology continues to change how we use the internet, marketers continue to find new ways to reach their audiences. While there are many free […]

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How to Market Your Blog on Social Media – 7 Incredibly Easy Tips

by Guest Blogger @ BlogPress

Below is a list of seven easy tips to market your blog on social media. Many bloggers underestimate the potential of social media as a traffic generation tool. They limit their social media marketing efforts to sharing updates of new blog posts and important events. But social networks are an important source of referrals, as anyone […]

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Scaling Your Business Online, the Smart Way

by ellice @ DreamHost.blog

  So, you’re finally living the dream: you’ve started your own business. Congratulations! Whether you’re selling cupcakes using Grandma’s secret recipe, photographing chic weddings, hosting events, running (around) a preschool, selling handicrafts, or building the next must-have app — pat yourself on the back. The challenge of starting a small business and raking in those first […]

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SearchCap: AdWords AMP landing pages, Google & Apple tracking & SEO mistakes

by Barry Schwartz @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on and from other places across the web.

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Create CTAs readers can’t resist

by Reid Yoshimoto @ Vertical Response Blog

Test your way to the perfect CTA. One of our email experts explains how

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How to Create a Beautiful Logo

by Taira Sabo @ Official Wix Blog | Web Design & Small Business Tips to Promote Your Site

Loco for logos!

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Business Resources for E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

E-commerce is a strong trend across many different industries. The prevalence and availability of the Internet makes retail websites a popular way for companies to sell both products and services. While e-commerce appeals to many people thanks to the ease and low expenses often associated with start-up, it is still important for new business owners to possess basic business skills. Operating an e-commerce business successfully still demands all of the marketing, planning, and management skills that other types of business require.

Starting an E-Commerce Business

Electronic commerce includes any type of transaction that businesses and consumers conduct via the Internet, including credit card processing. With the expanding popularity of online retail sales, many entrepreneurs are exploring e-commerce business opportunities. Just as any brick-and-mortar business needs a plan, an e-commerce business also needs a plan for selling products, services, or information. A feasibility checklist is an excellent way for an entrepreneur to analyze their business solutions and ideas to determine whether their concept makes smart business sense. Many countries are devising e-commerce strategies to help entrepreneurs plan and executive successful business ventures. International guidelines are in place, which provide a voluntary code of conduct for businesses engaging in electronic commerce. Building an inventory and working with manufacturers are just two areas in which an entrepreneur will need to excell when managing an e-commerce business. A number of benefits attract entrepreneurs to e-commerce business. Low start-up costs and overhead expenses are major reasons that many people dabble in this business opportunity, especially since it’s possible to run this type of business without creating a physical storefront to serve customers.</p>

Developing a Strong Business Plan

One of the first tasks of an entrepreneur when organizing a new business is choosing the type of business structure to utilize for the new company. A strong business plan is a vital part of any type of business, including an e-commerce business. Think of a business plan as both a road map and a sales tool for an e-commerce company. With a business plan in place, the company has a clear outline of every goal along with ideas for making the goals happen. The business plan should also include an overview of all resources available for meeting goals. To be functional, the business plan must be in-depth and realistic. A plan based on only the most promising economic conditions would not be applicable or helpful during times of economic downturn. Optimally, a business plan should encompass at least three years' worth of comprehensive information about all activities that should occur to reach goals. An e-commerce business owner should contemplate several key questions when devising a business plan. For example, it's imperative to know who the target customers are, their demographic characteristics, and where they live and shop.

Guides for Business Financial Plans

A financial plan includes comprehensive planning of funding, expenses, and projected profits. Optimally, the financial plan should include an income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, and budget. Most businesses, including e-commerce businesses, need financial resources to get off the ground. If more funding is needed than is available, the entrepreneur will need to make a plan and create documentation that will encourage investment. A financial plan includes relevant market research and projections for income and profits. The plan should also show an outline of how recordkeeping will occur for the company, including the person who will keep these records, internal controls for accuracy, and checks and balances for ensuring transparency in finances. A financial plan should outline all needs for funding as well as when the additional capital will be needed. Any repayment terms for financing also belong in the financial plan. Entrepreneurs should avoid the common mistake of underfunding a start-up business. A careful and realistic look at all expenses and expected revenue should provide an accurate financial plan.

Tutorials for Business Marketing Strategies

Plentiful marketing advice exists for e-commerce businesses, and many different aspects deserve the owner's attention. One thing to note is that companies with an active social media presence often appeal to consumers because people like to interact with the business in real time on the Internet. Marketing ideas to promote a product or service should continually evolve to stay fresh. Businesses should engage in brainstorming sessions or use social media to poll potential customers. Providing high-quality content on a website related to products or services can be an effective way to attract customers as well. Some e-commerce businesses market their companies with a blog, which can be an informal way to write about topics related to the business. Branding is another important concern for e-commerce businesses. A part of this brand will be a professional website that shows off a tasteful and current design. Adding press releases to a company website helps promote new business activities. Identifying and watching trends is an integral part of market research. Often, competition is fierce among e-commerce businesses, so focusing on trends that fit into unique company strengths will be a plus for any start-up business. In the process of building a global e-commerce business, business owners also must strive to protect their intellectual property with copyrights and trademarks, as applicable.

Optimize Your Hotel’s Facebook Page to Drive More Direct Bookings

Optimize Your Hotel’s Facebook Page to Drive More Direct Bookings

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

Get practical tips for how to improve your hotel's visibility in Facebook search results, and how to optimize your Facebook page to convert visitors into direct bookings.

The Ultimate Guide to AliExpress Dropshipping

by Tomas Šlimas @ Oberlo

If you’ve been thinking about learning how to dropship with AliExpress then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re just starting out with ecommerce or are a seasoned veteran looking switch up your business model, we’ve created the ultimate guide to both AliExpress dropshipping and AliExpress premium shipping. Read […]

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The US Financial System and Alexander Hamilton

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Alexander Hamilton was the United States’ first secretary of the Treasury, serving during George Washington’s administration. Hamilton was never president, but he made significant contributions to the financial system of this country. These contributions gave Hamilton a prominent position in history. He also has the distinction of being featured on United States currency even though he was not a president. Many of the business solutions that exist today, including modern credit card processing, are in place as a result of the contributions of Hamilton.

Hamilton was born in the West Indies in the mid-1750s, although his precise birth date is not known. Hamilton grew up in the Virgin Islands. As a young man, he wrote an essay that garnered attention from local community leaders. The leaders worked together to raise funds to send Hamilton to the Colonies to attend school. Hamilton served in the Revolutionary War under General George Washington. When Washington later became president, he chose Hamilton to become the first secretary of the Treasury. As secretary, Hamilton was involved in the institution of the National Bank and a national currency.

Hamilton had inventive financial ideas. After the end of the Revolutionary War, many states carried debts that they were not repaying. The value of these public securities was nil, but Hamilton had a solution. He proposed that the federal government repay all of the state debts at their full value. This repayment would be an effective way to legitimize the federal government. The means of financing the repayment involved issuing new security bonds to investors. These investors were excited about making significant profits. Hamilton was also instrumental in the creation of a national bank and a centralized currency.

Hamilton’s plan for the new country’s financial system had three major parts. Assuming the states’ debts by issuing interest-bearing bonds was the first part of the plan. Hamilton also instituted tariffs for imported goods as a way of raising federal revenue and helping domestic businesses. With the establishment of a new national bank, Hamilton created a way for the United States to hold funds and use securities as capital to encourage future growth.

The Hamiltonian Economic Program consisted of Hamilton’s proposals set forth during his time serving as secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton created three different reports that outlined his program and proposals. The reports were the First Report on Public Credit, the Second Report on Public Credit, and the Report on Manufactures. Congress implemented Hamilton’s economic program.

The First Report on Public Credit included analysis of the financial standing of the United States. This report made recommendations about reorganizing the national debt and establishing public credit. The report contained 40,000 words, with a focus on assumption of state debt from the war and redemption of government securities. Congress debated the proposal, eventually reaching a compromise in 1790.

The Second Report on Public Credit is sometimes called the Report on a National Bank. In this report, Hamilton proposed the creation of a central bank for the United States. By issuing federal bank notes, the country could increase the money supply. Hamilton’s vision of the bank involved creating a stable financial system for the new country.

The third report was the Report on Manufactures. This report focused on encouraging manufacturing with subsidies to various industries and by regulating trade with tariffs. The purpose of the tariffs was to raise revenue for the new government. These tariffs would also help encourage domestic manufacturing, which would help the country’s economy grow internally. The subsidies would also support manufacturing without affecting supplies or causing prices to increase.

Other Financial Information During Alexander Hamilton’s Time as Secretary of the Treasury

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Follow a useful chronological timeline of the major events in Alexander Hamilton’s life.

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You have a business. Your business has a website. You use localized keyword research and traditional SEO tactics to help your business rank well online. You have a diversified backlink profile and high domain authority. Congratulations! But now you want to expand. And this is where it gets complicated. How do you create an international […]

History of Money and Payments

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

People have engaged in commerce to exchange goods and services for payment throughout the ages. These financial transactions did not always involve monetary payments. There was a time when standard money did not even exist and people utilized other forms of payment to perform transactions. With the evolution of technology, money and payments have changed drastically. Current credit card processing technology and advanced business solutions make financial transactions possible at almost any time and virtually any place.

Bartering and Livestock

Bartering was an advantageous way to exchange goods and services for people many years ago because it enabled both parties to get what they needed. For example, two parties might exchange tools for services to fulfill the needs of both people. Livestock was also considered wealth that people could amass. The more cows or sheep someone owned, the wealthier they were.

Precious Metal Coins

Ancient civilizations used to use beads and shells as coins. Eventually, they began using precious metals to make coins. People in the ancient civilization of Lydia were among the first to use coins made of gold and silver. This currency was both valuable and easily portable.

Leather Money

Leather was another material used for currency. People in ancient China utilized white deer skin for banknotes. The notes were large compared to the bills used in today's society. Leather money could have been as large as one-foot squares of deerskin.

Paper Money

Eventually, the Chinese developed paper money. Civilizations struggled with determining and maintaining the value of paper money. In addition, challenges came in the forms of both inflation and the production of the currency. Paper money went in and out of use during periods of ancient history.

Gold

England established gold as its standard of value in 1816. Following this event, Europe began backing bank notes with the gold standard. This meant the value of any currency was set by establishing its value in gold. The United States followed suit in 1900. Before this time, both gold and silver were used for dollars.

Gold-Backed U.S. Dollar

In 1913, the United States established the Federal Reserve system. This official central bank served the financial interests of the nation. Federal Reserve notes were backed by gold at this time. One of the roles of the Federal Reserve was to ensure that notes and checks would be honored and could be redeemed for gold.

Credit Cards

Consumers began enjoying credit from retailers during the 20th century. Some retailers, such as department stores and gas stations, began creating individual credit cards to issue to consumers. These cards were created to make spending money more convenient for people. Diners Club was the first actual credit card, which gave consumers the ability to purchase meals from several restaurants located in New York City.

U.S. Dollar

In 1933, the United States discontinued the gold standard to keep Americans from cashing in their currency for gold, depleting the national gold supply, amid worsening deflation. From this point forward, the federal government became the official backer of the monetary system instead of gold. However, the U.S. continued to let foreign governments trade dollars for gold until 1971. At this point, the country became concerned that foreigners would sap the national gold reserves, leading to an end to this practice.

Online Shopping

With the rise of the Internet during the 1990s, online shopping arrived on the scene. Consumers embraced the ability to peruse the Internet and make purchases. Common historical data suggests that Pizza Hut may have been one of the first retailers to execute an e-commerce transaction. The company began allowing people to order pizza on its website as early as 1994.

Mobile Payments

Coca-Cola receives credit for offering the first mobile payment transaction in 1997. The beverage retailer created special vending machines that enabled consumers to pay for their drinks by sending text messages from mobile devices. Since this time, mobile payments have skyrocketed in popularity. Now, more people than ever before are paying on the go, and more merchants can accept payments anywhere, without being tied down to a cash register.

The Power of the Blog

by Rank Executives @ Rank Executives

Every company should have a blog for their website. A blog is an informational page that provides a home for content directly related to your business, or engages topics of...

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7 Strategies To Attract More Blog Readers

by The BlogPress Team @ BlogPress

Blogging is still one of the most effective ways of having your voice heard, promoting your brand, building your audience, and even growing your own business. Not to mention it’s an incredibly fun way to pass your time. Also, there are so many different niches you can explore with blogging and find people who are […]

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10 Ways to Stay in Touch with Your Customers 

by Karen Asprey @ ThriveHive

The relationship between businesses and their clients in is changing. It is no longer characterized by simply providing a product or service that someone wants to […]

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Myth of the Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

Myth of the Overnight Success: Interview with Jackie Bledsoe

by Jeff Goins @ Goins, Writer

Living outside Nashville, you can't order a cup of coffee without running into someone looking for their big break. Everyone wants to be an overnight success. It seems like less work and more fun, but nothing could be further from the truth. When you've got big dreams and life throws you a curveball, it can derail more than your financial plan. Getting injured or sick can ruin your career. Losing a job unexpectedly can mess with your sense of self, and make you reevaluate your purpose in life. Though, sometimes in the crucible of difficult circumstances is where we find our true calling.

Drill Down Into Key Segments to Understand and Improve Your Funnel

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

The funnel has become a key part of the modern-day marketers toolkit. It’s the first report they peak at on Monday morning, and the last report they check before leaving for the weekend on a Friday. All serious analytics tools have some version of a funnel report, with differing degrees of flexibility and features. Some […]

How To Retain Your SEO Rankings When Redesigning a Website

by Sam Cyrus @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

This is something a website owner dreads more than almost anything else, the task of revamping a website without disrupting the delicate balance of a business’ internet presence. The risks of losing customers, losing website information, and losing the very important search results rankings are very real and can do long-term damage to the bottom ...

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SEO Services: Grow Your Website Traffic and Get More Customers

SEO Services: Grow Your Website Traffic and Get More Customers


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New Payment Technology News Roundup: August 2015 Edition

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

From EMV and NFC to the liability shift, there’s a lot going on right now in the world of payments. But we’re here to make sure that you’re prepared. We’re doing that by (1) offering affordable, secure solutions so that you can accept any new form of payment, and (2) making sure you’re in the know about how all of the new changes will affect your business.
We’ve been keeping you up to speed in the New Payment Technologies section of this blog. And now we’re publishing a monthly roundup of what we think are the best recent articles on the subject. So without further ado, here are a few to dig into:

To stay in the loop on everything EMV and NFC, as well as get tips on how to run your business, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Town Square News.

6 tips for making a logo part of your email campaigns

by Contributing Author @ Vertical Response Blog

Don't embark on a logo design project without considering how a new logo will work with your email marketing efforts

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History of Marketing

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

A business that sells products or services must have a way of attracting customers. The process of promoting a company's products or services to gain customers is known as marketing. Successful marketing also goes one step further because a business should also pursue ways to retain customers for future sales. The size of a company determines marketing strategy. Some companies may have a department dedicated to performing this work. Other companies may need to pursue these tasks while performing other work, too.

What Is Marketing?

People who buy products and services must have a way of learning about the various companies that provide them. To succeed, companies must have a plan for advertising products or services so people who want them have the opportunity to purchase them. Successful marketing involves a variety of different tactics, with everything working together to promote products or services and retain customers. In-depth research is the crux of successful marketing because a business owner must have data that indicates that a product or service will resonate with consumers.

History of Marketing and Timeline

Enterprise and economies have a long history dating back to ancient eras. People have been engaging in commerce for thousands of years. Hence, ancient people utilized some forms of marketing as they conducted business. The Industrial Revolution paved the way for more modern forms of advertising and retailing of goods and services.

Print Advertising, 1450s: Print advertising made it possible for retailers to pass out brochures and fliers to potential customers.

Magazines, 1730s:The first magazines were developed and released.

Posters, 1839: France banned posters on private property.

Billboards, 1867: People began renting billboards for advertising.

Radio Advertising, 1922: Businesses began purchasing advertising time on the radio.

Television Advertising, 1941: Records indicate that people began purchasing television advertising at this time.

Telemarketing During the 1950s: Telemarketing was born, with businesses utilizing the telephone to reach potential customers.

Mobile Advertisements Between the 1970s and 1994: Advances in technology enabled new marketing capabilities via the Internet such as e-commerce promotions, database marketing, guerrilla marketing, and computer-oriented spam.

Search Marketing, 1995: Companies began the process of working to promote a business by getting search engines to send traffic to a website. Firms also began utilizing search engine optimization, or SEO, to drive traffic to websites via the use of keywords typed by consumers in search engines.

Blogging, 1998: Businesses and individuals began creating blogs as vehicles to share professional or personal information.

PPC, 2000: Pay-per-click surfaced in this year as an Internet marketing technique in which a company pays a small fee for every click on an advertisement.

Social Media, 2003: Social media websites became popular at this time as a way for people to share information and ideas with others on the Internet, including commercial messages.

Google Analytics, 2005: Google provides website owners with information about people who visit their websites that can help them see if they're reaching their audience.

Types of Marketing

Companies can utilize different types of marketing for promotion. Internet marketing is prevalent with today's advanced technology. This type of marketing includes any promotions that occur on the Internet, such as social media marketing, email marketing, and search engine marketing. Direct marketing includes activities such as cold-calling potential customers, sending newsletters, and purchasing space on billboards. Another marketing strategy includes maintaining a connection with previous customers via thank-you notes and special promotions.

The Role of Marketing

Marketing has a direct impact on sales and a company's overall profitability. Researching sales forecasts will determine how a company plans its production. Careful planning is crucial to ensure that a company remains solvent with expenses and income. Marketing enables a business to learn about its potential customers, which helps it to fulfill the needs and desires of consumers. Marketing also enables a company to test certain products or services to see whether they are successful with consumers. With a positive consumer response, a company can proceed with a sales plan. A meager response might lead to reorganizing a campaign and trying again to test consumer response.

SEO Tips for Home Business Owners

SEO Tips for Home Business Owners


The Balance

Search engine optimization SEO overview and tutorial to help get your site ranked on Google and other search engines.

SearchCap: Google iOS app trends, difficult clients & content SEO

by Barry Schwartz @ SearchCap: Daily Search Engine News Recap

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on and from other places across the web.

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How To Expand Your Team:

by Sarah Chancey @ Rising Tide

Chancey Charm's founder , Sarah Chancey, shares the top tips to expand your team she used to grow her half-million dollar planning company beyond Atlanta.

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How to use Schema Markup for Better SERP

by Kristina Petrick @ Monitor Backlinks Blog

When creating any content for your website, it can sometimes be difficult for search engines to crawl your content and discover the topics you’re trying to present. Schema markup is one tool you can use to help clarify your content, by including markup for SERP that explains to crawlers what your data means. While you ...

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How to Leverage Behavioral Analytics In Your Growth Strategy

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

If you’re obsessed with growth, you know how important it is to have a super detailed growth strategy. You and data are BFFs, right? Great, but you also need to understand the context that surrounds that data. I know that sounds a little dense, but bear with me. What I mean is that information alone […]

How to Do a Cartwheel

How to Do a Cartwheel

by @ How to of the Day

The cartwheel is a basic gymnastics skill that will strengthen your upper body and help you work your way up to more advanced moves. There are two basic types: the front-to-back and the side-to-side cartwheel. With the side-to-side cartwheel, you'll start and end in the same direction. Performing the front-to-back cartwheel will land you facing the opposite direction in which you began. The front-to-back is the most common type of cartwheel. To learn either type you’ll need to find a safe environment in which you can practice placing your hands and feet in a way that’ll propel you forward and upside down.

WordCamp San Diego 2015

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

What You Need To Know About Local SEO I’m very proud to have been selected as one of the speakers at WordCamp San Diego this weekend. I was selected to speak on Local SEO and what you need to know. With just 40 minutes, we can only touch on the basics, but I felt that […]

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How to Become a Data-Driven Marketer

by Christian Brink @ AddThis Academy

What does it mean to be a data-driven marketer? Learn how you can start using your own website data to start driving your marketing decisions.

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How to Write a Newspaper Column

How to Write a Newspaper Column

by @ How to of the Day

Writing a newspaper column provides space for a columnist to share their opinions or analyze a chosen topic using their own voice. While a newspaper column does afford a lot of room for freedom, there are certain conventions that should be followed to write an effective column. By learning how to present your subject in an interesting way and how to present your writing in a straightforward manner, you can write a successful newspaper column that engages your audience.

Why Loyalty and Punch Card Programs Are a No-Brainer

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square


Basic psychology: People are more likely to frequent businesses where they can get some free stuff. The data backs this up. A recent study by 3Cinteractive found that 62 percent of U.S. shoppers make more store visits or purchases as a direct result of interaction with mobile loyalty programs.

So what’s the holdup for small businesses?

Well, traditional carry-in-your-wallet punch cards are a pain to manage and track. For one, you print out all those cards only to have your customers lose or forget about them. And secondly, it’s pretty impossible to evaluate whether or not your program is actually helping to bolster your bottom line. So with all of these inefficiencies, the payoff isn’t exactly there.

But digital loyalty programs get rid of all these pain points. Square Loyalty, a completely customizable punch card program, is baked right into your Dashboard and your customers’ digital receipts.

The tool automatically tracks and rewards your customers for repeat purchases and visits. What’s more, you can tailor the program by selecting how often you want to reward customers (number of punches), what customers get as a reward (by percentage or dollar amount off), and how much they need to spend in order to get a punch.

But if you’re still on the fence about whether a loyalty program makes sense for your business, here are a few things to consider:

Get Started with Square Loyalty

Keep customers coming back.

Try it free for 30 days
It’ll get you more sales.

Returning customers are much more valuable than repeat customers. They tend to spend a lot more than first-timers when they come back in. So targeting them is worth the investment — and a loyalty program is one of the most direct ways to do that.

It’s low cost.

The only investment you have to make here is that free tenth cup of coffee. Which is not a lot when you think about those nine other coffees that you might not have sold if it weren’t for your loyalty program. What’s more, customers are likely to spend a bit more each time they come in. As Square seller Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery in South Carolina reports, “Some customers are actively trying to earn punches by spending the minimum amount per punch ($5) to get the five-percent-off reward. They’re both spending more and coming back more often.”

It’s quick to set up.

The beauty of Square Loyalty is that it takes just minutes out of your day. You can “set it and forget it” right within the Customers tab of your Dashboard. Simply customize the punches and rewards to fit your business, and Square takes care of the rest, automatically tracking everything for you. And after each purchase, your customers automatically see how many more punches they need — it’s right there in their Square digital receipt.

It gives you valuable insights.

Square Loyalty helps you track the program’s impact on your bottom line and spot trends in your customers’ behavior. You can track the number of customers enrolled, the total punches, and the total redemptions. This is all super-valuable data to help you make informed decisions about where to allocate more time and effort.

It separates you from the pack.

This one is pretty simple. Say there are three specialty coffee shops on your block. Where are people more likely to head? The one that offers them a free cup for their repeat business.

It builds your customer lists.

Loyalty programs can offer an incentive for your customers to provide their email address when they sign up for your Loyalty program. This helps build up your customer lists, which you can then target with marketing email — alerting them to things like sales, events, or announcements (which you can do right from Square Marketing).

It helps with customer relationships.

You establish deeper relationships with your customers if they come in more often. And your customers are more likely to come in a lot — and talk up your business to their friends — if you make them feel appreciated with a loyalty program.

In short, a digital loyalty program like Square Loyalty is worth the very little time, effort, and money needed to get it up and running.

Learn more about how Square Loyalty can help you grow your business.

This Week's Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday season. Here are tips for planning your holiday party, and another article with advice on how to get your website ready for Christmas now.

Speaking of holidays, have you taken a vacation this summer? If you’re a small business owner, it’s unlikely. Fortune reports that fewer than half of small business owners have plans to take a vacation this year.

This week’s viral trend is the Ice Bucket Challenge. Time Magazine takes a deeper dive into why dumping frigid water on your head is a good idea, kind of. Even Mark Zuckerberg got involved.

PowerPoint is getting a lot of attention this week after one CEO offered 1,284 slides of “wisdom” titled “Lessons From My 20’s” and another entrepreneur raised $2 million with five slides about nothing.

Is Your Site’s Navigation SEO Friendly?

by Nick Jakubowski @ AdFicient

An effective site navigation menu is one of the most important factors of a successful website. The menu helps guide users through the website, allowing them to jump to specific pages as they feel necessary. Additionally, a well-built navigation menu can also help search engines crawl new pages and ...

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How to Use Customer Feedback Loops to Reduce Churn

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Churn is a fascinating thing. When users keep coming back month after month, it helps you grow your business rapidly and it makes you a very happy business owner. But when you’re losing more customers than you’re gaining, it can spell disaster for your business. What makes it frustrating is that you don’t always have […]

The Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Airport Is Winning Over Business Travelers

The Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Airport Is Winning Over Business Travelers

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

With over 5000 hotel rooms in Long Beach, California, the Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Airport was finding it hard to stand out in an over-crowded marketplace. This brand new hotel, conveniently located near the airport and major Fortune 500 companies, offers all the amenities a business traveler might need. But its old website failed to communicate it, and bookings were suffering as a result. See how it turned things around with the help of Vizlly.

The Conversion Rate Conundrum: Common Mistakes and What to Do Instead

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

In real estate, the axiom is location, location, location. It’s first and foremost. The number one consideration. For your digital efforts – email, web pages, eCommerce platforms – an argument could be made for a few different ones: search engine optimization (SEO), the user experience (UX), conversion rate optimization (CRO), or perhaps something else entirely. […]

Professional Photographer Instagram Workflow

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

This article is not going to teach you how to get a million followers or the most likes on Instagram. Let those “Social Media Gurus” do that. But, what I’d like to focus on is the actual workflow of getting your photos up to Instagram without a lot of hassle. I can’t deny the fact […]

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How to Schedule Tweets on Twitter Using TweetDeck

How to Schedule Tweets on Twitter Using TweetDeck

by @ How to of the Day

Scheduling Tweets on Twitter will help you to grow your account. This practice allows you to maintain an online presence on social media at times you’re unavailable and cannot post Tweets in real time. Twitter's TweetDeck tool allows you to schedule Tweets for any time.

Webinar Recap: Smart SEO Strategies to Drive Direct Bookings

Webinar Recap: Smart SEO Strategies to Drive Direct Bookings

by Leonardo @ Vizlly

In our recent webinar, we were joined by Jennifer Wesley from Google to discuss smart SEO strategies to drive direct bookings. Learn how the rise of mobile is reshaping the travel shopping journey, how machine-learning can help you better target travel shoppers, and strategies to get your website ranking higher in search engine results. Read our recap and watch the webinar on-demand.

How to Set Up an Art Exhibition

How to Set Up an Art Exhibition

by @ How to of the Day

Whether you’re displaying your own work or that of other artists, holding an art exhibition is a uniquely enriching experience. However, it can be a real challenge to bring together so many different elements in a cohesive and meaningful way. That’s why when you’re staging an art exhibition of your own, it’s essential to have a plan. Once you’ve chosen a theme for your exhibition, you can begin taking submissions from interested artists, select an appropriate venue for the event and build marketing buzz that will allow your collection to be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible.

On-Page vs Off-Page SEO

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Advancements in search engine capabilities, as well as their widespread use among consumers, have shifted marketing priorities of businesses big and small today. It’s no longer […]

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Why Good Design Matters

by Emily Alonzo @ KEVIN BROWN DESIGN

The importance of UX design for your website’s conversion rate We preach good design here at Kevin Brown Design. After all, it’s what we do. But design is about more than making websites look beautiful. Design also impacts user experience and can have a significant impact on your website’s conversion rate. You might not realize […]

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Smart list management for savvy retailers

by John Habib @ Vertical Response Blog

Stand out from the clutter in people's inboxes with careful segmentation of your retail customers

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How to Build and Maintain Good Credit with Credit Cards

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Credit is a snapshot of how consumers manage their finances. With good credit, a consumer has the ability to get things such as a car or a home. These purchases typically require a loan to pay for them, and good credit ensures that a lender will decide that a consumer is a good credit risk. Poor credit means that consumers won't qualify for loans or the loans may have higher interest rates. It's preferable to build and maintain good credit to ensure purchasing power.

Establishing Credit

  • Credit history includes information about one's repayment history, the length of this history, the amount of debt, the types of credit used, new credit applications, and any defaults.
  • Establishing a positive credit history has many benefits. Having credit available to use can be invaluable in emergencies, and it is often safer to use credit cards for purchases because it eliminates the need to carry cash.
  • Having a good credit history will enable consumers to make large purchases such as cars and houses. These personal business solutions generally require financing over time.
  • Establishing good credit takes time. Maintaining a checking and savings account with a bank is one step toward establishing positive credit history. Getting a credit card is usually the next step in building good credit.
  • An older adult may need to establish credit after a divorce or a spouse's death. Applying for a department store credit card or an oil company credit card may be a suitable place to start.
  • When working to establish credit, open one credit card account and concentrate on making regular, small charges and paying them off in full each month.
  • Credit offers that sound too good to be true likely are. Avoid advertisements for credit that promise unusual financial offers. Often, hidden terms exist in these offers that will negatively impact the consumer.

Maintaining Good Credit

Credit Management Tips

Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

  • Consumers who find errors on their credit report can have them corrected. The credit bureaus and the source of the erroneous information both have responsibilities to correct inaccurate information. Inform the appropriate credit bureau and the company involved to correct errors.
  • Credit repair scams are prevalent. It's possible to raise credit scores without paying a company to assist with this process.
  • Pay down debt as quickly as possible to increase credit scores. Merely moving debt around between various credit card accounts will not improve a credit score.
  • Avoid applying for numerous credit cards in a short period of time. This type of activity can indicate financial trouble to lenders.
  • Take out a small loan with a cosigner. Making timely payments and paying off the loan in full will help raise a credit score.
  • Seek the help of a reputable, nonprofit credit counselor before you become delinquent on accounts. A counseling service can help you restructure your debts to resolve and prevent issues.

This Week’s Must-Read Small Business Articles

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Happy Labor Day Weekend, and welcome to our weekly series of must-read small business articles. Every Friday, we’ll be doing just what it sounds like—sharing the articles we think will be the most interesting to Square sellers. (Also, just some fun stuff). Here’s what we’ve got this week:

This guy is launching 12 startups in 12 months. Gives a new meaning to the adage, if at first you don’t succeed … try 11 more times?

He could probably use some sound business advice from the entrepreneurs who shared their secrets for winning on “Shark Tank.” Pro tip: Start with having a plan before you walk in the room.

Speaking of startups, a flight was diverted this week after a fight broke out due to Knee Defender, a new product that prevents passengers from reclining their seats. Viral marketing at its best (or worst, if you were on that flight).

Lots of news this week for small businesses looking to grow online: The Small Business Sense blog has five tips for using Pinterest to market your business. If you want to compete with the Amazons and Walmarts of the world, we recommend this guide to e-commerce for brick-and-mortar retailers or these strategies to help small sellers level the playing field.

Trying to figure out what makes your customers tick? Here are three secrets for making people happy every time.

We posted about this earlier in the week, but this story about a coffee shop in North Dakota that charges based on the honor system is rad. Not only have they not gone bankrupt, they’re making about 15 percent more in profit than expected.

First it put up shutters so we couldn’t casually window shop. Now Abercrombie and Fitch is phasing out its logo to try to boost sales. Next thing you know it won’t be suffocating us with the smell of teenage angst, either.

Finally: a story on firms that are in the awkward position of having to fire a family member. Terminating an employee is never an easy situation. Just imagine having to eat Thanksgiving dinner with that very same employee.

Check Your Website’s SEO: Free Analysis Tool

Check Your Website’s SEO: Free Analysis Tool


Neil Patel

SEO Analysis If you want more search traffic all you have to do is follow the website analysis report. It will point out all of the SEO errors you need to fix in order to increase your rankings. Content Marketing Wondering what you should be blogging on? The content marketing report will show you the …

20+ Ways to Repurpose Your Content

by ThriveHive @ ThriveHive

Creating stellar content is not easy. It takes time, energy, and commitment. The good news is that once you’ve put together a brilliant blog post or […]

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How to Pivot to Find Your Passion (and Get Paid): Interview with Mignon Fogarty

How to Pivot to Find Your Passion (and Get Paid): Interview with Mignon Fogarty

by Jeff Goins @ Goins, Writer

The path to our life's work is rarely linear. I studied Spanish and Religion in college, and now I write books and create digital content that has little to do with either topic. Perhaps it's not what we learn, but the journey of learning that leads us to our passions.

Monitor Your Company’s Brand Mentions

by Nick Jakubowski @ AdFicient

Lets face it, we track just about everything related to our website and business. Traffic, conversions, and backlinks are all tracked throughout the marketing campaign. One metric that is often overlooked is brand mentions of the site. This means anywhere where the company is mentioned, yet not link...

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How to Make Money Off Your Art: 3 Things You Absolutely Have to Do

by Jeff Goins @ Goins, Writer

In each of seasons of life, I would share my dream with an adult, and they would always say the same thing: You can't make a living off art. You'll starve. And so I believed them. These were, after all, adults. The first decade of my adult life was spent pursuing safer and more predictable paths. I worked in a call center, then a nonprofit as a marketing director, which was a job I held for seven years. During that time, I kept feeling like I was missing something. Something creative.

How to Pawn Jewelry

How to Pawn Jewelry

by @ How to of the Day

Pawning jewelry for money is not typically an ideal situation since pawn shops offer high interest rates and price jewelry at a fraction of its true value. However, if you need a quick loan, pawning jewelry might be your only option. By taking the time to have your jewelry appraised, shopping around for the best loan deals, and getting your loan paid back on time, you can safely get the money you need and still get your jewelry back!

Marketing Day: SEO content audits, YouTube ad tips & The Media Trust’s ‘first vendor network’

by Amy Gesenhues @ Marketing Day – Marketing Land

Here's our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.

Improve Your Website's SEO with Image Optimization | ShipStation

Improve Your Website's SEO with Image Optimization | ShipStation


ShipStation

How image optimization can help with your SEO ranking.

Six free SEO tools to boost your search engine rankings | VerticalResponse

Six free SEO tools to boost your search engine rankings | VerticalResponse


Vertical Response Blog

Being found by the search engines is as important as being found by the right customer. Discover a list of free SEO tools to improve your search visibility.

Spot Any Familiar Faces in our New Ads?

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

Catch our national TV ads last night? If you’re from Minneapolis or Phoenix, you may have recognized some familiar local faces.

We had a ball filming these ads and getting to know the sellers featured — they’re the true stars of these spots. And we’re glad they had as much fun as we did. “The shoot was really fun for our staff and customers,” says Kelly Sharp, owner of The Barber Sharp in Minneapolis. “We’re so excited to see it on TV.” We second that excitement, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to highlight these thriving local businesses for the whole country.

Spot anyone from your neighborhood? Here’s who’s featured:

Minneapolis
Phoenix

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Thanks Gary Fong

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

For the past 3 years, I’ve been going to WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), and there’s usually something as a photographer and a web developer that I find some inspiration in. Whether it’s a talk given by a photographer or some cool new product another company is offering. This year, it was Gary Fong. […]

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SEO Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

SEO Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide


Neil Patel

Guess how many blog posts are published each day. Any ideas? Over 2 million. That means 46 people have pressed publish by the time you read these 4 sentences. This makes it kinda tough to stand out. But you have to, if you want to make your blog a successful one, that is. While I …

Underperforming Mobile Pages are Sabotaging Your Revenue. Here’s How to Fix Them.

by Today's Industry Insider @ The Kissmetrics Marketing Blog

Your site gets more traffic from mobile devices than desktops. So… why are your mobile conversions so low? That’s what matters most after all. Right? Right. The typical reason? Your site sucks. Plain and simple. It’s hard to use. The organization is a mess. And it’s slow as a snail. But there’s good news and […]

Streamline Scheduling with Square Appointments [Video]

by Square @ Business Resource Center | Town Square

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Endless rounds of phone tag. No-shows. A calendar covered in erase marks. These are the headaches of scheduling appointments. And they’re not small pain points. You can lose sales when people don’t show up, waste time on the phone, and even miss out on new customers who don’t feel like calling to book.

To help service businesses spend less time scheduling and more time with clients, we’re excited to announce Square Appointments. The tool is an easy way for your customers to book their own appointments and reschedule existing ones without your help. And to help reduce no-shows, Square Appointments automatically sends text and email reminders to your customers. You can determine how far in advance you want to send them out.

We worked alongside entrepreneurs—from math tutors to salon owners—to pilot Square Appointments. They saw an immediate positive impact on their businesses. Some stats: Out of 200 business owners surveyed, 144 sellers said the system helped generate additional revenue, 124 sellers saved more than 30 minutes per day, and 108 sellers said that now they get 10 percent more appointments per week.

You can test-drive Square Appointments with a 30-day free trial. After that, it’s $30 a month for individual sellers, $50 if you have two to five employees, and $90 for unlimited staff. Square Appointments is available to businesses of every size, even those not using Square Point of Sale.

Square Appointments is rated one of the most popular, user-friendly, and affordable software products for salons by Capterra. Try Square Appointments and see for yourself.

Introducing The Square Appointments App
An Easy Way To Keep Your Appointment Schedule Running Smoothly
New Free Square Appointments Features Make Online Booking Even Easier
Create A Photography Website for Scheduling

Get Rid of Your Big Headers

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

Do you have a big header of photos on your site? If so, you may want to rethink that. You could potentially be annoying a large part of your audience. Usability is the study of how people use things (like websites). And one of the things they track is a thing called Friction. This is […]

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5 Amazing WooCommerce Templates to Increase Sales on Your Website

by Megan Hendrickson @ DreamHost.blog

  Do you Woo? If you’re immersed in the world of e-commerce (a lot of people are), then you know that WooCommerce is one of the best ways to seamlessly add a customizable online shop to your WordPress website. WooCommerce is an open-source plugin that is easy to install and offers endless flexibility, especially for website owners […]

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Local SEO for Small Businesses

by Adam Coombs @ Unamo Blog

Local SEO for Small Businesses The organic search results are already a tough place to fight for top rankings. Local search results? Even harder. Besides traditional SEO, there are a variety of local SEO ranking factors that small businesses and even larger franchises have to worry about when jockeying for the top positions for localized […]

7 Tips to Improve Your Site’s SEO Today - Propecta

7 Tips to Improve Your Site’s SEO Today - Propecta


Marketo Marketing Blog - Best Practices and Thought Leadership

Discover 7 quick fixes you can do right now that can improve your website’s Google rankings and get your site more traffic.

10 Tips to SEO Your Website on a Shoestring - Nonprofit Resource

10 Tips to SEO Your Website on a Shoestring - Nonprofit Resource


The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University

by Ron Sansone, Director of Search and Online Marketing, Arc Intermedia

How to Automate The Content Marketing For Your Blog

by The BlogPress Team @ BlogPress

Many experienced bloggers and people who are into digital marketing will always tell you that content is the most important thing for raising your brand awareness and maintaining the general presence of your business on the internet. However, no one told you that it can become really boring once you have to update every social […]

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How to Automate The Content Marketing For Your Blog was first posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm.

Website SEO for beginners: 5 tips to improve your website visibility

Website SEO for beginners: 5 tips to improve your website visibility


ACTIVE 24 UK

Website SEO beginners: 5 tips to improve your website visibility

How To Make Money Fast: 25 Best Money Making Ideas

by Nicole Martins Ferreira @ Oberlo

Need money now? Most of us will experience moments where we’re desperate to make money now. If you recently lost your job, are coping with a life altering change or illness or don’t make enough to pay your bills, this list of money making ideas will help get you back […]

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Getting ‘Some’ Links from Instagram Posts with Flow and Padgram

by William Bay @ Flaunt Your Site

As you may have inferred from my last post, I’m getting pretty into Instagram. I love it so much. In fact, you should follow me. I’m @williambahiabay. As mentioned in the previous article, I use Latergramme to schedule my posts at the beginning of the week and then just acknowledge them as they come up […]

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